#find a car
A car is a huge investment, so it’s important to get the best one that’s right for you. Whether you’re a parent in need of a bigger car for weekly soccer carpools, or a young adult wanting a zippy sports car, there are a myriad of options to choose from. You may think that buying a new car will be a difficult process, but once you read this guide and use our filters, you’ll find that your decision will be much easier. Consider the following factors when weighing your options:
Price. If you’re buying on a budget, this may be the most significant aspect for you. Keep in mind that there are five different financial factors that influence the price of a vehicle—the down payment or upfront cost, monthly payment, sales tax, registration fees, and insurance premiums—so make sure to calculate in these figures when determining if a car is within your budget range.
Space. It is also important to think about the amount of space and cargo you need. If you have a big family, a mini-van’s third passenger row might be necessary. Or, if you have a boat, you’ll need a truck with towing capabilities.
Type of Transmission. An additional element to consider is whether you would prefer a stick (clutch) to an automatic transmission. While an automatic is easier to drive, a manual transmission is cheaper and requires less maintenance. See the box below for more information regarding the differences between manual and automatic transmission. (Primary filters: Drive type, Horsepower, Transmission.)
After you’ve narrowed down your choices to a short list of cars that meet your requirements, do a side-by-side comparison to see how they stack up against one another. Once you have a few promising candidates, it’s time to go for the test drive!