Car buying smooth sailing thanks to library—September 27 , 2013
Nearly every car owner faces the need for a new vehicle sooner or later. I always dreaded the thought of trying to replace my very used “Old Faithful”. For twenty years, she had delivered me to my destinations through snow and mud; on frigid days and saltry days, as well. Visits to the mechanic were rare and then only for an oil change. One time, she did demand a new set of brakes. Other than that, regular infusions of gasoline kept us on the move.
Eventually, I had to face the fact that she had become cosmetically deficient. “Ugly” would be more accurate, but the word seems so unkind. Still, I resisted the idea of parting company with such a dependable companion. “Hot Rod” magazine described an unconventional paint job and “Ultimate Auto Detailing Projects” included instructions for replacing headliners and refreshing the appearance of every automotive surface. Still, as my mechanic blurted out, “You’ll still have an old car!”
Grudgingly, I started the search for a spiffy new model. I began to notice what other people were driving. “Muscle cars”, especially, grabbed my attention, reinforced by the mental movie of a fun and shiny car zooming everywhere. Reality reminded me that the type of vehicle is a major factor in determining the cost of insurance. The inevitable speeding tickets would make it even worse. “Insurance For Dummies” is a good source of what cars will deflate your automotive cash allowance.
I studied the “N.A.D.A. Used Car Guide” for price comparisons and available specs for each model. “Consumer Reports Buying Guide” also supplies valuable information for all models, such as prices and ratings for safety, dependability, fuel economy, and road test scores.
“Car and Driver” and “Motor Trend” are full of great pictures of popular models, complemented by interesting articles. The latest issues of both are filled with detailed information about every 2014 vehicle on the market.
After months of cruising through local car lots and vetoing hundreds of prospects, the day came when a tire blew! KA-BOOM! The tires had into rolled into overtime and were easily replaceable, but that event convinced me that it was time to find new transportation. Armed with my collection of ratings, pictures and tips from “Honest Guide To Buying a Car” and “Getting The Best Price On A Used Car” (available on Kindle), I started studying the options at a local dealer. Fortunately, the salesperson, who offered his help, spent hours explaining every aspect of the car that I had spotted. Spending several thousand dollars ought to be worth a lot of consideration and someone who is patient enough to understand that.
I now own a car that I call Snow White, a shiny ivory prize with four scuff-free shoes and a smile on her grille. What a great feeling!