Purchasing a New Car

Did you know that once you drive off a brand new car off of the dealer lot, the car loses value? But, if you're not a wrench turner or don't know an honest mechanic, a new car might be the best choice for you.

Although you are purchasing a brand new car, I suggest doing homework. Why? You don't want to purchase a lemon or not purchase the exact car that you wanted. I suggest the following process. I understand it is work, actually a fair amount, but if you don't do the work, you are gambling at success. So, it up to you; do you want to the work ahead of time, which is cheap, or do the work after the purchase, which is expensive? You make the call. If you would like to prepare for your purchase, please use the following list to assist with the process of purchasing a new car:

The following list of resources is what I have used in the past to accomplish my above recommendations:

Resource Category Description
Car Max

Kelly Blue Book

Price/ Mileage/ Availability These resources are used to determine what the make/model is going for in your area. In addition, note the mileage these cars usually have.
Car Complaints Reliablity This resource allows you to determine if the make/model you're looking at is reliable. Be sure to look if complaints are relevant to you. For example, if the make/model vehicle being research is having major issues with automatic transmission but you looking to purchase a manual transmission, these set of complaints aren't relevant to you.

You can also find Recalls and TSBs, for free, on this site.
Mitchell1 DIY

Reliability These purchased resources are used to research known Technical Service Bulletins(TSBs) and Recalls for the year/make/model you are interested in purchasing.
Yelp Car Dealer This resource allows you to determine the dealer's professional reputation.

Best of luck with your purchase.