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11 questions to ask when buying a new car

Business Insider Logo By Matthew DeBord of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 12: 
  New-car buyers should ask themselves some basic questions.
  
  You'll want to consider the value of your trade-in, your
  financing options, and the way a new vehicle with fit into your
  life.
  
  The process might seem intimidating, but it's actually quite
  straightforward.
  

  
  It's easy to overthink buying a new car, particularly if you
  spent your life buying used cars. It isn't like buying an iPhone.
  But it isn't like buying a house, either.

  In fact, buying a new car can take as little as a few hours. 

  You want to arm yourself with knowledge, however. And take
  advantage of things like a good credit score, a trade-in on your
  old car, and an existing relationship with a dealer.

  The key is to ask some simple questions. I've listed eleven, and
  I think that's about right for most new-car buyers. 

  Read on to see what questions make the most sense for the
  majority of new-car buyers.

  • New-car buyers should ask themselves some basic questions.
  • You'll want to consider the value of your trade-in, your financing options, and the way a new vehicle with fit into your life.
  • The process might seem intimidating, but it's actually quite straightforward.


It's easy to overthink buying a new car, particularly if you spent your life buying used cars. It isn't like buying an iPhone. But it isn't like buying a house, either.

In fact, buying a new car can take as little as a few hours.

You want to arm yourself with knowledge, however. And take advantage of things like a good credit score, a trade-in on your old car, and an existing relationship with a dealer.

The key is to ask some simple questions. I've listed eleven, and I think that's about right for most new-car buyers.

Click through the gallery above to see what questions make the most sense for the majority of new-car buyers.

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