People usually think about car shopping the same way they think about getting a root canal. Painful, time consuming, but necessary. But finding a good dealer to do business with can make the process much more enjoyable.
Can buying a cheaper car actually cost you more in the long run? You bet it can. So if you're torn between two similar models, it pays to research the costs far beyond the sticker price. Many factors, ranging from insurance to gas mileage to financing, will ultimately determine how much you'll pay to keep driving that vehicle over the years you own it. Let's say you're eyeing one sedan that costs $30,000; meanwhile, a similar model you like is listed at $24,000. You might automatically think the lower-priced car is the better deal. Not so fast.