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The beginning of a journey starts with taking your first step. The same holds true for finding the perfect car for yourself. If you're having trouble figuring out the first step, we want to help you discover the car of your dreams. Join us here at INFINITI of Thousand Oaks or follow the easy guide below to get started.

Make a List of Your Needs

One of the first steps you should take before purchasing a new car is determining exactly what you'll need it for. Your new car should complement and enable your lifestyle, not the other way around. Do you really need off-roading capabilities if you're spending a lot of time downtown? Are you looking for better fuel economy for your long commutes? Do you need cargo space for camping trips? Can your new car fit in your garage? These are just a handful of the questions you should ask yourself before shopping around.

Narrow Down Your Price Range

A new car won't do you any good if you can't afford it. Figure out how much you can afford to allocate for a vehicle before setting your heart on one. A general rule of thumb, here at INFINITI of Thousand Oaks, is not to exceed 20 percent of your total monthly income for your car payments. Find something within your means that will get the job done.

Buying or Leasing?

One part of the financial equation is if you're choosing to buy or lease the vehicle. Each option has its pros and cons, so it's up to you to determine what's best for your situation. Here's a rough overview of each option.

Leasing allows you to drive more expensive cars for a lower cost than purchasing it. You won't have to worry about trade-in complications at the end of your lease agreement. Additionally, you can drive the newest cars every couple of years so that you can enjoy the latest tech upgrades. The downside is you need to stick with a contract, which results in having less freedom with how you use your car.

Buying a car, on the other hand, gives you that freedom. You can sell it at any time you wish, and you can modify it without breaching a lease agreement. There aren't any mileage limitations, either, so this option may be better if you're driving long commutes every day. Ultimately, your car expenses are lower in the long run when you purchase a car, rather than leasing it.

Always Test Drive

Shopping for cars online is easy and convenient, but there's no substitute for seeing a car in-person and driving it. Schedule a test drive for every car you're potentially interested in buying. Going to the dealership for a test drive isn't the same as committing to a purchase, so keep driving until you find the perfect car.

Finances are essential when looking for the perfect car, but they're certainly not the only factor you should consider. Finding a vehicle that enables you to live the life you want is what matters the most.

Still looking for the car of your dreams? Contact an INFINITI of Thousand Oaks to schedule a test drive in a luxurious new car today.



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