Navigate Your Next Ride: 7 Questions to Ask When Buying a Car

March 2, 2024

How to Choose a Car That’s Right for You

Navigating your next ride is a daunting task, and at Auto House, we understand that the question of “Which car should I buy?” is one that frequently crosses your mind. The key to a successful car-buying journey lies in asking the right questions. In this article, titled “Navigate Your Next Ride: 7 Questions to Ask When Buying a Car,” we’ll guide you through the essential questions to consider before embarking on your car-shopping adventure. Your responses will unveil the path to selecting a vehicle that aligns perfectly with your needs, lifestyle, and budget.

7 Questions to Ask When Buying a Car 


  1. What size and body style vehicle do you need? Sedan, SUV, or truck? Luxury vehicle or sports car? Most vehicles are chosen for different phases of life. Here are some things to consider: How will you be using the vehicle? How big is your family? Will your family grow soon, stay the same, or are you downsizing? If you’re planning on growing your family, choose a car with a third seat. If you want a 3-row vehicle, you can have bucket seats or normal rows. It all comes down to your need for space and personal style.
  2. What is your budget? Whether you’re buying new or used, it’s essential to have a specific price range in mind for the price and your monthly payments before diving into the process of buying a car. Don’t forget to factor other hard costs into your purchase price. For instance, state and local sales taxes, title and registration fees, insurance, dealer documentation fees, etc. 
  3. What type of driving will you be doing? Basically, 2WD vehicles (whether front or rear-wheel drive) are the most common and offer better fuel economy. A 4WD vehicle is best for off-road driving, regularly driving rough terrain, and hauling heavy loads. AWD is helpful for climates with harsh winter weather or rapidly changing conditions. Not sure why it matters? Consumer Reports breaks it down in this helpful article
  4. Are there specific features that you want or need? Safety features are always important, no matter which type of vehicle you choose. From there it’s a matter of personal preferences for interiors, vehicle colors, and more. Technologies such as Navigation, Driver Assistance Systems, and Mobile app connectivity are increasingly popular, so make a list of Wants, Needs, and Negotiables to help with your decision. 
  5. Do you have a particular make or model in mind? Many people have a favorite brand of car they prefer to stick with, while others love the thrill of trying a lot of different vehicles. Start by considering the body style and your budget. Then, prioritize your preferences and requirements. Check expert reviews and feedback from verified owners for valuable insights into each vehicle and model type.
  6. Will you be financing or paying cash? Do you have a 20 percent down payment? Don’t panic if you don’t. Most people put down $500-$1000 during the process of buying a car. While it doesn’t hurt to have your financing lined up, it’s not a must. For instance, at Auto House, we work with a wide range of trusted local credit unions to help our clients get the best financing rates and terms possible.
  7. Will you want an extended service plan? Purchasing an extended service plan will save you unexpected repair costs and keep your car running another 50,000 or 100,000 miles without worry! The best time to purchase an extended service plan is when you buy your car, or just before its manufacturer warranty ends. Your extended service plan can be customized to fit your budget, car, and car ownership style. (TIP: Purchase your plan from Auto House and use our service center for repairs — we waive your deductible.)

Once you’ve tackled these crucial questions, you’re all set to embark on your journey to find the perfect ride. Ready to get started? Click here to explore our extensive inventory. Whether you have a specific make and model in mind or need some guidance, Auto House has got you covered. If it’s not on our lot, we’ll go the extra mile to track it down for you! Ultimately, our bottom line is your satisfaction, and we’re committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure you drive away with a deal that leaves you smiling. At Auto House, that’s simply how we roll. Happy car hunting!

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