A year and a half ago, I bought my first brand-new car. Until then, I’d always bought used. But thanks to the recession, people were holding on to their cars longer and prices for used cars in good shape with low mileage had risen. As a result, buying new made more sense.
While I find auto shopping completely stressful, I am luckily married to someone who loves the hunt and doesn’t mind spending hours researching vehicles. But I wasn’t about to let him loose without clear parameters.
So before I headed out to start my car-buying experience, I had a slew of options for my first step: