Car buying is usually motivated by the need for transportation. Once you have decided the makes and models of cars you can afford, you choose one or two based on the look of the car, its age, its mileage, its ratings, and its general condition. You should be careful with the following points
1) Too much emotion involved in the purchase
2) A pushy or charismatic salesperson
3) The colour or tricked-out details
4) Not understanding how power gets to the engine
5) Not knowing the car’s mpg for city and highway
6) Not grasping the extra maintenance or costs your car requires
Too Much Emotion
Purchasing the car of your dreams could become too important. If the cost is affordable, you may be led to buy the make and model car you want no matter what shape it is in. If you cannot afford a car in good working order in your preferred make and model, you should buy a more affordable alternate make and model. Otherwise, after hundreds or thousands of dollars are spent on repairs to keep it on the road, you learn your lesson the hard way.
A Pushy or Charismatic Salesperson
Car sales associates are made from a good understanding of cars and starvation. They will use their knowledge and charisma to sell cars to anyone so that they and their families don’t starve. That means they are not concerned with what’s best for you; they’re concerned with moving their inventory. That means sales and lots of them.
Not Knowing the Car’s Miles Per Gallon
The miles per gallon are essential if you are on a budget. A new car is a great investment as stated here when you can drive it freely. It’s not so great when you cannot go anywhere because you can’t afford the gas.
The Color or Tricked-out Details
You may be a millennial seeking the perfect pink Cadillac to exemplify your personality, but remember the cost of a paint job is minimal compared to costly repairs. You want a sunroof, USB charging stations, back-up camera, mp3 audio system, Sirius, heated seats, leather seats or a display with GPS.
Those are all very nice amenities, but they do not make a car run well. If those features are not included, be willing to buy a car that meets your basic needs with only some amenities. It may be possible for you to have some of those features added later.
Not Understanding How Power Gets to the Engine
It’s important to know what type you have. Here, the most sold engines are V-line, Inline and W-line engines. Does the car have a 4-stroke (V4), 6-stroke (V6) or 8-stroke (V8), 10-stroke and 12-stroke internal combustion engine? If it is an inline engine, are you aware of the fact that they can produce more power than the number of cylinders indicate because the cylinders are aligned at 90 degrees vertical?
Inline-4 and Inline-6 engines are commonly found in Hondas. Inline engines present fewer complications in repairs because there is only one engine head per timing belt.
High-end cars like the Audi, Bugatti Veyron, BMW 7 Series, and the Mercedes S Class hag W-line engines. These are very large engines enabled to fit in the car by the compactness of the W-line cylinders that fit in at 15 degrees compared to the usual 60-90 degrees of a v-line.
Does it have a turbo engine? Turbo engines have a forced induction device that increases the efficiency and power of the engine through forcing air through the combustion chamber. You may be convinced to spend more on a make and model than necessary because you don’t know the same power can be achieved with a different kind of engine.
Not Grasping the Extra Maintenance or Costs Your Car Requires
Any Car with high mileage has the tendency to spend a lot of time in the repair shop. The cost of operating a car driven the first 25,000 miles is a mere $1400; from 75,000 to 100,000 is $3900; and from 175,000-200,000 is $5,000 for every 25,000 miles driven in addition to what’s on the odometer.