Buying a New Car
Buying a car is something that needs to be done by everyone once in awhile. It is often a difficult task finding just the right car for you without breaking the bank. There are a few simple things to keep in mind when shopping around for a car. First and foremost know what you are looking for and have a general idea of what you want before you go into a dealership. Second of all never be afraid to negotiate and bargain for a dealership. Finally, remember to take everything step by step in the negotiation processes and never tackle more than one thing at a time.
What are the best cars of 2018? Here are our top picks where you can start your search. It is invaluable to know what you are looking for and what you want in a car before you go into a dealership. Remember that car salespeople will try to sell you a car no matter what, even if they do not have the car that specifically meets your needs:
Best Cars of 2018
Best overall under $25k: The 2018 Nissan Altima - The new Altima has some welcome changes from the previous model year such as forward collision warnings and emergency braking on all trims.
Best redesigned sedan: The 2018 Honda Accord - The revamped Accord gets a new fastback profile, a nicer interior, a touchscreen infotainment system, and more.
Most luxurious under $25k: The 2018 Toyota Camry - Sophisticated styling, solid performance, and a comfortable interior are the Camry’s halmarks.
Most fun to drive under $30k: The 2018 Kia Stinger - Kia breaks into the sport sedan market in style with this thrilling, powerful car.
Best sedan under $20k: The 2018 Hyundai Elantra - The Elantra is the budget car that’s anything but economy. Features a stylish interior, loaded upper trims, and great ride quality.
Best New SUVs of 2018
Best crossover under $30k: The 2018 Chevy Traverse - Fully redesigned for the new year with more horsepower, a more spacious interior, a new luxury trim, and better tech.
Best SUV for $30k: 2018 Honda Pilot - This modern SUV is a perfect family vehicle that doesn’t sacrifice style or performance.
Best full-size SUV: The 2018 Chevy Tahoe - Rugged, powerful, and with enough space for the whole family, the Tahoe remains an affordable favorite.
Best SUV interior: The 2018 Lincoln Navigator - This redesigned luxury SUV gets three rows of seating, extra cargo room, premium upholstery, and more.
Best for overall luxury: The 2018 Range Rover - No other SUV combines luxury, power, and off-road performance like the Land Rover Range Rover.
Best New Luxury Vehicles of 2018
Best crossover: 2018 Infiniti QX80 - The QX80 features revamped exterior styling; interior upgrades include a new center console and improved noise-dampening materials.
Best sedan: 2018 BMW 5-Series - The BMW 5-Series is famous for striking just the right balance of sport and sophistication.
Best SUV interior: 2018 Lexus RX - The RX boasts the versatility of an SUV with the living room comfort of a luxury sedan, which is what you’d expect from Lexus.
Best sedan interior: 2018 Audi A6 - Unmistakably European, the Audi’s interior is sophisticated and stylish with loads of comfort, safety, and convenience features.
Best sport sedan: 2018 Genesis G80 - Sleek, fast, and incredible handling, the G80 sedan is one of the best luxury vehicles for drivers who crave excitement.
You do not need to know exactly what model you want and the precise specifications on it, but you should know the general make you would like and what you want to get out of a car. Make a check list of things that a car will need in order to accommodate what you would like from it and remember to prioritize things as you go. You will often find that certain aspects of new vehicles are much more necessary than others so you should look for cars that fit those needs.
Negotiate the Best Prices
Always negotiate prices at the car dealership. Never assume that the price on the sticker is the final price of a car. Car dealerships are always willing to negotiate down to sell you a car as long as you have the credit or money to pay for it. It is more important for them to make a sale than to hold onto a car too long. Do not let them pressure you or sell you things you do not need or want, either. Remember that, as the consumer, they need to pander to your needs and not the other way around. If you are able to pay for a large portion of the car or the entire car at once, you can usually demand a large percent of the cost be knocked down. Never be afraid to say “no” to a salesperson and go to another dealership if they are not willing to negotiate with you and work out a better price.