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The Best Truck for Your Budget

The average age of cars on the road gets older with each passing year. Generally speaking, the average person can’t afford to buy a new car. This is hardly a new problem, but it does get worse as time goes on and new cars get bigger, more complicated, and more expensive. This leads many would-be car buyers to resort to looking into used cars, bank-owned cars for sale, and online car listings.

Whether you’re looking for the top luxury compact SUV or for a small sedan, or anything in-between, finding a deal on a car is hard right now. If you’re looking for a car that fits your budget, you might be wondering how you can find a deal. Here are some tips to help get you started.

Buying Used

Buying used vehicles might sound like it’s sacrificing a lot just to save a bit of money, but this is far from the truth. You get little by being the first person to own a car. The moment you drive a new car off the lot, it loses tremendous resale value. Unlike homes, cars are not an investment, and they can only depreciate in value.

This is why buying used cars is a good idea. You can get a serious deal on a relatively modern car without having to worry about paying the high taxes and insurance on a brand-new vehicle. Why spend all that extra money just to be the first person to put your butt in a seat?

Shopping the Right Brands

Generally speaking, if you want the best bang for your buck, you need to shop for cars from the right manufacturers. Unlike clothing brands or fast food, the brand name actually matters when it comes to cars. Various brands have widely variable quality in terms of the build and performance of their vehicles. Brands like Honda and Toyota come to mind when you hear the words “reliable car,” for instance.

If you’re a fan of European cars, you’re out of luck. By and large, European automakers aren’t known for making dependable vehicles. Typically, Asian automakers and American manufacturers are your best bet for reliable vehicles. Chevy, Ford, and Dodge are considered dependable brand names for those wishing to buy domestic.

If you’re looking to keep costs down, avoid sports cars and performance vehicles. While these types of vehicles look cool and go really fast on a race track, they’re completely impractical for normal use. They’re also far from reliable: when they break down (not if, when) repairing them can be tremendously expensive.