How to Plan Your Car Budget

When considering buying a new car, there can be quite a few financial obstacles to overcome if you’re living on a budget, which begs the question of where you can trim some fat, so to speak, in order to free up a little capital for your new purchase.

You’ll be pleased to know that there are a large number of ways in which you can lower your monthly expenses and make the prospect of purchasing the car you want much more realistic.

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Here are some simple and easy ways to reduce your costs and free up some money to allocate to your car budget:

  • Rethink Your Spending Habits
    The first change you should make is a purely mental one; begin by writing yourself a weekly or monthly budget, factoring in all of your outgoings, from here you can begin to ask the question of whether or not certain things are necessary and make a clear distinction between the things you want and the things you need.
  • Household Savings
    If you take a look around your home, you’ll likely notice plenty of ways in which you can shave a few dollars off of your monthly costs, and those small savings can really add up:

    • Put your laundry on a clotheshorse or washing line instead of a machine drier
    • Ditch the overpriced and toxic commercial cleaning products and instead use common household items like vinegar and baking soda to clean your home
    • The same principle applies to cosmetic products; try using a natural, unscented soap for a while and see if the condition of your skin doesn’t improve also
    • Choose an Appropriate Car
      This should go without saying but make sure that if you have your heart set on a particular brand or model, you apply the same line of frugal thinking as you would with your other monthly purchases.
      If you’re a single person, you probably don’t need an SUV, and if you’re married and have three kids, you’re going to need something a little more practical and fuel-efficient than that Lamborghini you’ve been coveting for the past three weeks!
    • Assess the Bigger Picture
      Remember that purchasing a new car result in a fairly large financial commitment on your part, so in addition to minimizing your current costs, be sure to plan well ahead and budget in anticipation of any upcoming costs you may have to face that could potentially affect your ability to meet the monthly payments.
      This line of thinking also applies to the car purchase itself; be sure to speak to an experienced advisor or salesperson who can lay out the full payment plan in plain terms, and you might also want to discuss the benefits of putting down an initial sum of money to reduce your ongoing costs. Making a decently-sized down payment on a new car is also a great way of lowering the overall cost of the vehicle.

If you’d like to discover more great ways to plan your car budget, including structuring a sound monthly payment plan that suits your needs, be sure to contact Bartons Hyundai to speak to an advisor.

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