Get a Head Start at Home
First, you’ll want to know how you’ll be paying for the car and what you can afford. You also should create a short list of cars you’re interested in. Tackle financing questions first and the rest of the process will be much easier. Do this at home and, if possible, well ahead of the weekend.
Choose your purchase method: Ask yourself if you want to lease or buy a new car. Or would you prefer to buy a used car? In either case, it is a good idea to get a copy of your credit report and, if you plan on financing, get preapproved for a car loan.
Set your budget: A good rule of thumb is that your monthly payment (whether buying or leasing) should not be more than 10%-15% of your monthly take-home pay. Keep in mind that you also need to