*This post is a sponsored post. All text and opinions are my own. <3
I can easily say that car shopping is my least favorite thing to do in the entire world. I’d rather clean up vomit… (and that is saying a lot for my weak stomach.) But when you’re stuck in the middle of no where or simply don’t have access to public transportation, you have to own a car to get to work or the grocery store. And even so… I’m not sure I could handle dragging two small children and ten bags of groceries on a bus. Maybe? Probably not.
So, whether I like it or not, car shopping is a must.
It usually takes me awhile to let that fact sink in. It’s not fun to imagine your bank account losing thousands of dollars on a new car… and by new, I mean “new to me”. More so, I worry about making a poor decision and ending up with an unreliable car. Once the nausea settles, I can eventually start to have fun with it though.
I can definitely recommend beginning your research on Cars.com. If you’re stressed like I am with car shopping, this website can give you all the tools and resources you need to make an informed car purchase. They allow you to scope out all new and used vehicles available across the entire country! I simply start my search within 40 miles of my home and later narrow the results to my preferences.
I’ve used it in the past while shopping for my Honda CRV and Element and found it quite convenient. You can customize your search by make, model, year, price, mileage to more specific features like trim, exterior and interior colors, and even extra special features like whether or not it has a backup camera, heated seats, or sunroof. Many postings even include a free car fax.
They post a lot of advice articles written by experts in the field. There are also a lot of informative videos and reviews to help you get a good understanding of the any type of vehicle. You can find out honest answers to important questions like whether a specific model or year should be avoided and why. And lastly, Cars.com lets you easily compare cars with different dealers and private sellers to make sure you’re getting a fair price.