It’s time to head out and begin looking for your first car. You’re probably going to visit several dealerships; many people feel more comfortable doing business with a licensed dealer. Try checking out the dealership ads in your local paper for special sales that may be going on.
It’s true that doing business with a licensed dealer gives you a bit more assurance due to your rights under the Lemon Laws. But, you shouldn’t rule out a private sale from an individual; some very good deals can be found by purchasing a used vehicle from someone who has properly maintained the vehicle and is just looking to sell it. Check your local newspaper and trade journal for people advertising to sell their cars.