Do you want a shiny, new car in your driveway? Are you worried about how hard it is to buy one? We wrote this article with you in mind, and the advice here will make buying your next car a process which you not only enjoy, but leaves you with an amazing car at a great price.

Go to different dealerships before settling on one. A different dealership might be able to get you a better price on the car you want, and may be running different promotions. Try three or four in your area, and even if you have to travel a bit farther, it may be worth it.

What can you afford? You have to understand exactly how much money you have every month to not only pay for the car lease, but also insurance, licensing costs, gas, and repairs. Everything must be covered every single month or else you’ll have to reduce the amount you have to spend on the car itself.

Establish a budget before you go car shopping so you have a great idea of what is in your price range. Try your best to stay within your budget. If you must go over, the amount that you go over should not be so significant that it puts you in a financial bind.

If you are in the market for a used car, a great way to tell if the speedometer is correct is to look at the gas and brake pedals. If someone says the car has 30,000 miles on it, and the brake and gas pedals are worn, it is a good indication the odometer was turned back.

Get a third-party mechanic involved in your analysis of the car. A dealer that doesn’t allow this is a red flag. You want someone who has an impartial opinion and is doing things in your best interest.

Check out the maker’s site if you want to customize your car. While the cars on the dealership lot may be the kind of car, you want, a number of car manufacturers give you the opportunity to customize the car a bit with color and features. You may have to wait a few weeks more to get your car, but it might be worth it.

Look into the vehicle’s safety features. You should always get a car with anti-lock brakes. Also, ensure that the vehicle has ample airbags. Safety is key, as you will spend a great deal of time riding in this car.

Consider selling your car privately, rather than trading it in for the new car you want. You will almost always get more for your car through a private sale than you would through a trade in. Even if the dealership makes it sound like they are giving you a great trade in value, they will likely raise the price somewhere else to make up for the difference.

It isn’t too hard to buy a car now, is it? You just needed the right advice to make you a confident buyer. Take all this knowledge and use it in your buying adventure, then share it with loved ones to ensure they have the best possible car shopping experiences, too.