I remember the first time I went car shopping to buy my first car. My wife and I had been married for a bit and one of our cars had recently gotten into an accident (not our fault). Our car shopping process ended up getting placed into overdrive and we had to start looking everywhere. We looked online, in local car selling magazines (as this was before Ebay and Craigslist). J-Mom and I did do our research online through cars.com (as the site was active) and by talking to people at car dealerships too. We looked at a lot and came to decide upon buying a 2002 Ford Escape. While the vehicle we found was used, it was in great shape and had everything we were looking for, so we were definitely happy with the find, and the price.
We have had this vehicle for the past eleven years and it has been a great vehicle. It currently has over 140,000 miles on it. Saying this, I have recently started to look for a new vehicle to replace this one. I drive a bit to work every day and this vehicle just does not get the gas millage that I want. Also, so many cars of a similar make are getting such better gas millage now that I really want to make sure that I am getting this too and thus saving money on gas in the long run.
In jumping into this search my wife and I followed a very similar pattern as the time when we purchased the Escape so many years ago. We looked online (even more than before) and did go out and check out the cars we liked at the dealer too. We went back and forth on whether to purchase new/used or lease. We ended up deciding on purchasing a new car (even though I have to be indebted to anyone).
We also explored many different makes and models. There are a number of ones that I could be happy in, so at this time, though I have yet to select a car, we still are having a tin of fun trying out cars as well as learning more about them too. Now, I have to take the time to learn even more and start to decide things like: Do I buy foreign or domestic; car safety; cost, room inside the vehicle, standard features versus optional upgrades and other things like this!
I am so looking forward to the day when I too have a new car that I can call my own!
As I am going through this car search I am having some fun too with the Cars.com newcarface contest. This is a fun contest that allows you to show your new car face with everyone. There are some very cool examples from other people that have entered the cars.com contest that might even give you some motivation as you take your own #newcarface photo! So enter today and see for yourself, it is so much fun!
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