5 Tried and True Tips Before Buying Your Next Car

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COVID-19 affected millions of Americans financially. As vaccines roll out, federal Economic Impact Payments (commonly referred to as stimulus checks or payments) and tax returns arrive and our economy starts to recover, car buying will likely trend upwards.

If you find yourself in the market for a new car, what are some of the questions you should ask before you start your search? What should you keep in mind during negotiations? How will you make sure your car is properly covered?

Here are some of our tried and true tips for buying a car, including before, during and after purchase:

  1. Do your research: There is a lot at stake when focusing on your next car or truck. Before you step foot in a dealership or even look online, make sure you ask yourself these questions before you buy a car.

  2. Make sure you are financially prepared: Cars have many costs, which fall into two main categories—cost to buy and cost to own. Make sure you evaluate your finances, speak with an expert and understand the true costs of buying and owning a car.

  3. Follow essential steps: Whether you plan to buy new or used, take your time, do your research and follow these eight essential steps.

  4. Negotiate: These car negotiation tips may save you money on your next trip to the dealer.

  5. Make sure your car is properly covered: Car insurance can save you thousands after an accident. It helps cover damage to your vehicle, as well as damages and injuries you cause if you hit someone. If you don’t have enough car insurance, you could be on the hook for more than you can afford. Make sure you research coverage types and get a proper insurance quote before driving your car off the lot.


By utilizing these tips, you can be assured that you have put in the proper time and research, and your car buying experience should be smooth. For a full overview of car buying tips—from negotiating to insurance to maintenance—visit USAA’s Auto Learning Center.


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