Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.

~William A. Ward

Thursday, July 17, 2008

First and MOST essential step in car buying

In an effort to make your search as efficient and painless as possible the first step to car buying is to determine what you are looking for. Below is a list of my Wants vs. Needs.

6 Cylinder
Leather Seats
Power Everything
GPS Navigation
Sun Roof
Black w/ Silver Trim
6 Disc CD
Heated Seats
4 Doors
Remote Starter

4 Cylinder
23/33 MPG
Dark Seats
Power Windows & Doors
Standard CD Player
Keyless Entry
Nissan Altima or other NON- Luxury Vehicle

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

My Search for the "Perfect" Car!!!!

For the past few months I have been searching for the “perfect vehicle”…..of course I have a LONG list of “wants” but very limited cash…..

I have worried many of my friends and family to death with my “indecisiveness” and have begun to become very frustrated with my search.

The true reason for wanting a new car was for better fuel economy. I am currently driving a Durango which is an 8 cylinder with a 5.9L engine….I average about 10 MPG in the city and 15 MPG on the Highway.

If you step into my shoes for a second….you can imagine my frustration every time I pull into a gas station to fill my 20 gallon tank, which of course only last me 200 miles in the city and 300 miles on the highway!!! For the last few months it seems like every time I get in my truck the gas light is on and it seems like I just left the gas station!

After a few months of consistent searching I decided to take a week or two off to “reflect” on my car buying experience. Time to really hone in on what I NEED versus what I WANT and in an effort to clear my mind in addition to helping me dissect and digest all of the car buying material I have come across in the past months I decided to blog my experience. Hopefully someone else will find the information useful as well.