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The guide you need to read before you buy a new car

The guide you need to read before you buy a new car
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Buying a car is a big investment. For the money you spend, you want a car that's reliable, maybe a little flashy, and you want to make sure it's got a great engine and smart technology.

But with so many different makes, models and types of cars out there, it's hard to know what kind of car is right for you. Do you need a minivan for taking the kids to soccer practice? Maybe you want to get the car with the best gas mileage because you have a long commute. Or, maybe you're ready to join hundreds of thousands of Americans who own an electric car

No matter what your needs or wants are, before you buy you should check out Parkers' Interactive Guide to Buying a Brand New Motor. Parkers, of course, is based in the U.K., but the advice it dispenses applies over here, too.

To get stared, head over to the official Car Buyers Guide site by clicking here. Then you'll take a guide through showroom scenarios, like what tricks and tactics to look out for, what questions you should have prepped for the sales people, and what qualities to look for in the car you are interested in.

The next step is what to consider when it comes to a test drive. For example, if you have kids, you'll want to make sure your car seats fit, or if there are no kids, your golf clubs.

Finally, Parkers will take you through the hardest part - finalizing the deal. Bring a friend, take your time, do the math and mull it over are just a few of the tidbits you'll find in this section.

When all is said and done, you can print out a handy checklist of everything you found on the site. This way, all the information you learned is handy and you'll remember all the great tips you learned with Parkers.

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