Butler County Times Gazette
  • Auto Bits: Car shopping made easy

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  • Tip of the Week
    For those looking to buy a new automobile, here are a few things to consider before you step on to a car lot:
    - Figure out what you can afford: Buying a new car can be one of the biggest purchases most people ever make. Some experts suggest capping your car payment at no more than 20 percent of your monthly take-home pay. You can keep the cost down by looking for dealer sales and other savings options.
    - Narrow down your choices: Although a sporty two-seater might be the perfect choice for a single driver, families might be equally as thrilled with a new crossover or sedan. When looking for a car, write down what’s important to you. Consider such things as seating capacity, gas mileage, safety and performance. Armed with this list, you’ll be able to narrow down your choice to that perfect set of new wheels.
    - Get the best deal: Any major purchase requires keeping an eye on the bottom line. Follow the automotive section of your local newspaper or get on the Internet to find the best sales. You should also look for incentives and rebates to lower the car’s cost.
    - Explore your options: Few aspects of the car buying process are more fun than looking at all the bells and whistles. Luxurious upholstery, power locks, remote keyless entry and heated mirrors are some conveniences many new car owners wouldn’t want to live without. Others may covet DVD systems, high-tech audio equipment, satellite radio, hands-free phones or navigation systems built into the dash. Make a list of your must-haves.
    Before you step onto the showroom floor, it’s important to know exactly what kind of car you need, how much you want to spend and what options you consider necessities. Armed with this knowledge, you can then negotiate the best price and ride off in the car or truck of your dreams.
    - Family Features/Capital One
    Did You Know
    According to a recent survey by J.D. Power & Associates, car-problem complaints increased 6 percent from last year, the first time there has been an increase in 15 years.
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