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Smart tips for car buying

Consider these tips before buying a car.

Americans bought more than 17 million new cars and trucks in 2017. If a new set of wheels is in your future, keep these things in mind throughout the process to find a vehicle that meets your needs.
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Before you buy

  • Make a list of needs and wants.
  • Set a budget. Most experts recommend a ceiling of 25 percent of your monthly income for all cars in your household.
  • Choose between new or used, buying or leasing.
  • Research prices and reviews.
  • Get pre-approved for a loan.
  • Trade-in? Use online tools to help determine its worth.

When you shop

  • Visit several dealerships.
  • Test-drive, paying attention to handling and sight lines.
  • Ask about financing and incentives.
  • Negotiate the price before mentioning your trade-in.
  • Don't be afraid to walk away.

Closing the deal

  • Bring pre-approval documentation and necessary paperwork.
  • Carefully review the purchase contract.
If you're preparing to buy a car, call your State Farm agent to discuss auto policy changes.

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