Last year brought unprecedented changes across nearly every industry, and automotive was no exception. In fact, the auto market continues to exceed expectations. Compared to March 2020, TrueCar estimates vehicle sales were up 42% in March 2021. So, if you’re in the market to buy a car, you’re in great company.
Navigating a new and ever-evolving automotive landscape can be tricky, but these four tips will help you be successful with your car-buying journey in 2021 and beyond.
Set a realistic budget
Before you start the process of financing and looking around for a car, you should understand your budget. That includes taking into account not just the sticker price of the car, but the total cost of owning a vehicle.
“Make sure you can afford the monthly loan payment, in addition to other costs that come along with car ownership, personal property taxes, registration fees, insurance, fuel costs