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Twelve tips for buying your first car

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Since buying your very first car can be an overwhelming experience punctuated with question marks, we've assembled a dozen priceless pearls of wisdom to consider before picking up your new keys

Buying your first car can be a harrowing experience. With so many questions about models, costs, insurance, reliability and financing to answer before you even set foot in a dealership, it's often very overwhelming. It's amazing anyone goes through with what is inevitably the second-largest purchase of their lives considering you can fall into a financial hole if something goes wrong. It also explains why some people give up and buy something that doesn't necessarily suit their needs and ends up being a sour deal.We feel your pain. That's why we've assembled a dozen priceless pearls of wisdom to keep already financially conscious young adults from going from nearly broke to perma-broke.
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