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The time has come to purchase a new car. It is an exciting, yet nerve-wracking time in your life when you place a deposit on a new vehicle. There are many things you should consider besides how great the smell of that new car will be.

Read the following tips before purchasing a new vehicle:

• Do your research before visiting the dealership. The internet is on your side and now makes it accessible for you to have an idea of what you want before you step into the dealership unsure. Buying a car is an investment, and you want to feel completely sure about your purchase. With research on your side, you will be enabled to get what you want at the lowest price. Consider practicality versus style. Consider two door vehicles versus four door and an SUV versus a sedan. Keep in mind that two door vehicles often cost less initially, but SUVs have great resale value.

• Check out the warranty coverage. If you know you will put many miles on your car, having an extended warranty can be a great investment. Ask as many questions as possible. Many new car owners are confused as to what an extended warranty covers, as well as the factory warranty. When your neighbor backs into your brand new vehicle, will the bumper damage be covered? Most new vehicles have coverage for three years or up to 36,000 miles. Check what your warranty covers before purchase.

• Discover the cost of owning the car. Buying a car is a big expense, and often most car buyers don’t look into the cost that comes along with owning that car. The true cost ownership of a car includes the gas mileage, insurance, and upkeep expenses such as oil changes and repairs. That new car is costing you a pretty penny, and you won’t expect to pay half of your monthly payment each time you need to fill up at the tank. Remember, the bigger the engine, the bigger its fuel consumption. Ask your salesman how many gallons the gas tank holds, and what the miles per gallon ratio is for the vehicle.

• Prices can always be negotiated. With knowledge comes power. Check out when the available sale dates are to know how much you can and when. Year end deals are available between the months of January and March on older models that dealerships still have lying around. Often rural dealerships sell new vehicles for less. You can choose to finance your car over leasing to avoid certain requirements and conditions that can cost more for leasing in the long run.

Some vehicle shoppers know little about what to look for in a new car purchase. Buying a car is one of the more stressful investments you will have to make. Make your new car purchase an easy one by staying informed, knowledgeable, and confident about your purchase.

For advice and help from the experts, contact Feasterville Nissan of O’Neil Nissan today at (215) 674-9300.