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July 15, 2023

3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Buying a Car

Selecting the vehicle that best suits you can be challenging at a time when automotive options seem endless. However, even though various vehicle makes and models are available on the market, some people end up buying the same car they had before. Others go with what their friends recommend or something that catches their eye in an ad.

If you’re looking for the right car that suits your needs, there’s a good place to start: yourself. 


Your Answers to These Can Lead You to the Right Car

Although it might sound strange, asking yourself the right questions about your finances, living arrangements, and driving habits can lead you to the right car.

  1. ‘What car can I afford?”

You’ll want to avoid financial strain by determining what you can afford before car shopping. Skipping this step can lead you to buy a car that’s out of your budget, resulting in missed payments or repossession.

To prevent overspending, you need to calculate how much you can comfortably afford for expenses, including monthly car payments, insurance, gas, parking, tolls, maintenance, and repairs. You’ll want to save enough money for a few months to cover these expenses before purchasing the car.

  1. “What car size do I need?”

Selecting the right car size that fits your needs is crucial to avoid regret later on. Before making a purchase, consider what size and space you require. Do you have a large family or need to transport equipment regularly? Do you have limited parking space?

You also need to consider key size considerations, such as the overall dimension of a vehicle, its interior measurements, and the size of its second or third-row seating if you’re looking to buy an SUV.

If you have a growing family, buckle everyone in and test the seating configurations before buying the vehicle to check if it has enough space for strollers, sports equipment, or other items you regularly transport.

If you live in a rural area, you may need an off-road truck or an all-wheel-drive SUV for unpaved roads. However, if you’re a city dweller, you may want a compact car that’s easy to maneuver and park.

  1. “What car features should I prioritize?”

Depending on your needs, you may require a reliable engine, good gas mileage, drivetrain, driver assistance technologies, comfort features, technology features, and towing capability.

Besides ensuring your car’s longevity, a reliable engine eliminates the need for frequent maintenance. Good gas mileage will help save you money by reducing trips to the gas station. Moreover, an efficient drivetrain ensures smooth vehicle operation and reduces fuel consumption. Driver assistance technologies help prevent crashes and save lives by alerting you of potential dangers.

Comfort features like heated seats, climate control, and spacious seating are helpful if you frequently take long commutes or road trips. Likewise, technology features, such as hands-free Bluetooth and in-car Wi-Fi, can keep you safely connected and entertained. Although towing capacity may not be important to some drivers, exceeding your vehicle’s towing capacity can seriously damage your tires and engine.


Want to Know the Best Way to Say Goodbye to Your Old Car?

Now that you know how to choose the best new vehicle for you, it will serve you well if you also know the best way to say goodbye to your old car.

We suggest this: Donate it to us at Veteran Car Donations. Not only will you enjoy a most rewarding giving experience with us, but you’ll also be endearing yourself to the veteran community in your area since your donation will be used to support the struggling disadvantaged members of that community.

Our team will put your vehicle up for auction, with the proceeds going to our veteran-focused nonprofit partners. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are dedicated to helping former U.S. service members who are living miserable lives due to poverty, homelessness, disabilities, and health issues, including mental ones.

They use the funding we give them to provide their beneficiaries with housing assistance, financial aid, employment and livelihood opportunities, family support, free quality health care and medical treatment, psychotherapy services, educational scholarships, and many other benefits.

Donating to us is not only stress-free but extremely rewarding as well. Your charitable contribution will entitle you to claim the highest possible tax deduction in the next tax season.

You will also receive our free professional towing service. Don’t worry if you’re not located in a major city — we can collect your donation wherever you are since our vehicle donation program covers the entire country.

Aside from the material rewards that will come your way, nothing will beat the uplifting sense of fulfillment you’ll experience, knowing that your donation will help transform the lives of the hurting veterans and their families in your community.

We accept almost all vehicle types regardless of their age or condition. Whether you’re donating a car that still looks new or one that’s already rusty, we’ll be happy to accept it.

Our donation process is easy, quick, and convenient. All you have to do is contact us by phone or online. You’ll be done in just a few minutes and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home.

For more information about Veteran Car Donations and our quick and easy vehicle donation process, head over to our FAQs page. If you have any concerns or inquiries, feel free to call us through our 24/7 toll-free hotline at 877-594-5822 or message us here.

Support Our Hurting Heroes Today!

Experience the priceless joy of doing something that can transform the lives of our hurting heroes. Your vehicle donation can make a difference in their lives. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our secure online donation form now!


Veteran Car Donations operates in all 50 states.

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