If you're looking for a newer, reliable vehicle, we have four steps you should take before handing your money over.
Decide what you can afford. Factor in insurance, parking, gas and maintenance costs.
Research the car's value. Check free online car value evaluation sites like Kelley Blue Book, TrueCar or CarFax. That way, you can find out the average price of the car.
Look into financing before you choose a car. Ask about the terms, number of months, down payment, interest rates and finance charges.
When you're at the sales site, examine the car carefully. If used, consider having an independent, certified mechanic inspect it. If the dealer or private seller will not allow your mechanic to inspect it, walk away.