Buying a new car, whether it is a brand new one or a second hand vehicle, is always an exciting process. Even if you have a lot of money to spend, you can’t just pick any car. You’d want to own one that you will enjoy and be proud of owning. If you’re the practical kind or you have budget for a second hand car, picking out the vehicle for you is still an enjoyable experience. It can also be challenging at the same time. While most brand new cars are covered by warranty and insurance, and you can be quite sure that you won’t have a problem with your new car within the next year or two, it’s a whole different story when you’re getting a used car. To make sure that you’ll be making the right choice, check out this 5-step guide below.

Step 1 – Window Shop

Don’t stop at the first car that seems great to you. Sometimes you can be overly excited with a nice car you’ve seen with an attractive price, only to find out that another dealer or seller has a similar or better car with a more impressive price tag. Check all dealers in town and even in towns nearby. Go online and search for car dealers and look through their inventory. Check whether the market value of the second hand vehicle you’re eyeing is fair to the price tag of the dealer.

Step 2 – Test Drive

Create a shortlist of vehicles you’re seen while window shopping. Test driving all cars you find attractive might take a long time, which is why this shortlist is necessary. If you could test drive at least 3 or 5 cars, then that would be good enough. If you need to test drive more than that, that’s good too. Test driving is important, especially since this is the only way you can find out whether there are problems with the car. And each year there are a lot or revolutionary technological changes. Sometimes, the pretty-looking vehicles aren’t exactly “pretty” on the inside. This is your chance to check whether all parts are working fine, from the engine to the heater or air-conditioner, and whether this car has that “this is it” feeling if it’s meant for you.

Step 3 – Reality Check

Garage Door OpenerDo a reality check. Can you really afford this car? Is your garage big enough for this new vehicle? Do you need to install a new garage door opener to accommodate your vehicle or is the old one good enough? Is this really the car you need? Perhaps you’re looking at a nice sports car but you know for a fact that you and your wife might just be expecting a baby soon. These are things that you should consider before making your decision. Things like replacing a garage door opener aren’t a problem, and Garage Automatics can show you all the new and different products that are on the market.

Step 4 – Documents, Papers, Insurance, etc.

Once you’ve come down to just 1, 2 or 3 cars to choose from, you can now check all documents and papers these vehicles have. Are they “clean” papers? Are they complete? Do you need insurance for this second hand car or would it be impractical to pay for insurance, since it’s an old car anyway?

Step 5 – Choose then Drive Home Your New (Used) Car

Think twice or thrice again then you can now choose the car you’ll be driving home. Enjoy!