Car Buying Best Practices

22 February 2012

This is a collection of best practices for buying a car, compiled from several dozen Internet sources.


  1. Write down what features you must have, want to have, and don’t care about.
  2. Do Internet research on which cars fit the bill.
  3. Eliminate all cars that don’t have your list of must-have features.
  4. If there are more than 8-10 cars remaining, eliminate the ones that barely fit your list.
  5. Test drive the remaining cars. Take notes about what you like and don’t like. Remove any cars you don’t like.
  6. Collect information about specific cars. Find the top deals.
  7. Call car dealers and sales folks, make them bid for your business
  8. Test drive the specific car you like. Inspect it carefully. Have a professional mechanic to inspect it for problems.
  9. Buy the car.
  10. Celebrate!

When test driving a car, check on:

Before Arriving:

Car Inspection