“If I knew then what I know now…” How many times have you heard that? Or worse – SAID that? For the most part, I’m okay with the learning experiences I’ve had. But if there were one do-over I could have, it would be my first car-buying experience.
What did I do wrong? Pretty much everything.
One big mistake after another. Huge.
Why? Because while it did get me to work and back, I was constantly checking the gas and filling the oil. I could have fixed the car, but it was an expensive repair. I wasn’t willing to put a bunch of money into the car. Even if I were, I’d spent my savings purchasing the vehicle so it really wasn’t an option.
Six months down the road I traded it in on the vehicle I really wanted – one that was in good condition, ran properly and was financed at a competitive rate with an affordable monthly payment.
The second time around, I still needed a car. I didn’t want to buy another car, but the one I had was getting worse by the day. Continuing to drive it wasn’t an option.
- I took the time to find the right car.
- I made sure I was getting a fair price for the vehicle I chose.
- I secured financing that made sense for me.
Back then Internet shopping wasn’t as popular as it is now. Online research wasn’t quite so readily available. Even so, with only a few days research I ended up in a great car that I loved and a payment I could afford. It was worth every minute.
And if I had only known then what I know now…