The following steps are devoted to helping you select, price, locate and test-drive the vehicle that is best for you. After reading and completing these steps, you will be ready to move on to the 10 Steps articles to buying a new car, buying a used car, or leasing a new car.

If you examine your needs rather than wants, you will quickly discover what the right car is for you. Take a moment to think about what you use your car for. How many people do you need to transport? What type of driving do you do most often? How long is your commute? Is it important that your next vehicle get good gas mileage?

In too many cases people choose a car for its styling or because it is a trendy favorite. If you do, you might either exceed your budget or have to go car shopping again soon. Let your needs, not your wants, drive your decision. Here are a few other questions to keep in mind when you begin your car-buying process:

  • Do you want a manual or automatic transmission?
  • Do you really need four-wheel drive? Or all-wheel drive?
  • What safety features do you want?
  • Do you require a lot of cargo capacity?
  • Will you be doing any towing?
  • Do you have a bad back and need flexible seating positions?
  • Will the car easily fit in your garage or parking space?