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With a good job, after securing a roof over your head, the next smartest thing is to try and secure your means of transportation as well. This is where the issue of buying a car comes in. If you can afford to buy a car, then make sure you plan for all the contingencies beforehand. Of course, you should know how to drive perfectly and get a driver’s license. Aside from all these, here are things to consider when looking to buy a car:

Do your homework. Buying a car is a big deal and you surely will not want to make big mistakes that may cost you a lot of money. Before setting out to buy the car, ensure that you do a background check on the type of car, the dealer and how to manage the car in the long run. You need to decide whether you want to buy a new car or a used one, also you have to trust the car dealer to give you a value for your money. Finally, you need to know the common issues and challenges associated with the use of the car. If you are satisfied with everything you find out, then you can go ahead with your plans.

Check your pockets. You must be able to afford your car without emptying out your savings. A car could be more of a liability than an asset, so you have to be sure that you can comfortably afford it before going ahead to buy one. If the particular car you want is too expensive, you may delay buying it until you can afford it or better still buy another type that is less expensive. It is not very wise to take loans just to buy a car.

Insurance and documentation. It is important to insure all valuable property acquired. This is an aspect that can easily be ignored or forgotten, ensure that you get a reliable insurance company to insure the car as soon as possible. Aside from insurance, it is also important to get proper documents for the purchase and management of the car. Make sure that they are all legitimate and correct, if you are not sure about the papers, you can enlist the help of a trusted friend or family member.

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This article was first published on 1st March 2017


Opoola Jelifat is a young and passionate writer. She holds a B.Sc degree in Microbiology and enjoys reading, cooking and writing on real life issues. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree at the University of Ibadan. Contact her on, and via Twitter and facebook by clicking the icons below.

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