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My husband and I own a Nissan Armada, that we’ve had for over 10 years. The reason we have it for so long is that it’s the perfect car for our family. My husband did his research before buying, and after careful consideration decided on this vehicle. Obviously, it was a great choice.

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1. Budget
In my opinion, buying a car is very much like buying a home. I would suggest getting a pre-approval loan to know just how much you can spend. If you’re planning to make payments, you need to calculate a figure that you can afford without incurring late or missed payments. You may not be able to get your dream car at this time, but you will get the car that is right for you and your budget.

2. Decide if You Want To Buy New or Used
Can you afford to buy new? Are you willing to do repairs if needed on a used car? There are many questions to ask yourself. We own two vehicles, the first was bought new and second was bought used. For our family car, we felt that new was what we needed, because of the size and safety features. For our second car, which is used primarily for going and coming from work, we felt a smaller car with low mileage was better and didn’t mind it being older.

3. Start your Research at Cars.com
On Cars.com you can research Car Models by Body Style, Make, and Price. You can also find expert reviews and safety ratings. Once you research the models, make a list of those that you think would be a good fit for your lifestyle. Knowing the type of car in your budget would greatly help you in choosing a car.

4. List important features
After reviewing several cars, I’ve realized there are some features that I really need, and some I really want. I need lane change assistance with Blind Spot Detection. My husband would say he needs a vehicle backup camera. Dual-zone climate control and heated seats are definitely a want. You have to decide what are deal breakers and what you’re flexible with. Other features that are important are the type of speakers and seats, trunk space, manual or automatic, and the list can go on and on.

5. Take it for a Test Drive
If your family uses car seats, or strollers, or travels a lot, you’ll want to test the car with all your gear in it to make sure it’s a good fit for your lifestyle. You’ll also want to to see if it’s roomy enough and if it has the features that are important to you.

6. Set up Financing and Buy
Decide whether you will be purchasing this car on your own, or with a co-signer. Look at interest rates and calculate your payments. Buy it and start your journey with your new, or new-to-you car!

You don’t have to be intimidated or overwhelmed when it comes to buying a car. The Cars.com website and app can help guide you through the entire car buying process.

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