How To Buy A Used Car That’s Right For Your Lifestyle

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I am not a fan of big purchases, but sometimes it is inevitable. One such purchase we just cannot avoid is a reliable new car. In our case, it will be a new to us used car, but it is still a big purchase I can’t take lightly. We don’t buy a new car every couple of years. We don’t upgrade just because we want to. We buy a new car because we have to.

My car is sitting in the driveway with it’s third blown transmission, and enough is enough! I’m thankful for a mechanically minded husband who can repair our vehicles, but I’m so tired of seeing this happening too many times a year to count! Whether it’s a blown motor, blown transmission, or a few smaller repairs, something is always wrong with my car. Not only do those expenses add up, but it takes my husband’s time away from our family and our businesses.


Out with the old…in with the new! It’s going to be a late night for @ben_shuey , but I’m ready to have my car back. #lovemyhubby #backyardmechanic #bowtie #chevy #trailblazer

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We have been a one car family for a couple of months now because buying a car is not a purchase I take lightly. There are so many things to consider when buying a car, especially if you always buy used like we do.

How To Buy A Used Car That’s Right For Your Lifestyle

howtobuyacar has a handy dandy used car buying checklist that has great tips for buying the car you want. But, I feel like something is missing from the list. It gives great tips for buying a used car, but what about choosing the car for you?

I want to add one very important point that I feel the checklist is missing.

Does this car fit into my lifestyle, or am I considering this vehicle based on looks?

We use the term “ooh shiny” a lot around here when talking about things that catch your eye. Don’t choose a car because it’s “shiny” and looks great. When you see a car you like, ask yourself if it fits with your lifestyle. I know my car has to have room for the family. I need plenty of storage space for traveling, shopping, making business deliveries, and hauling things on the farm like hay, feed, and equipment. I need 4 wheel drive to get around certain parts of the property.

Needless to say, a pretty little 2 seater sports car wouldn’t work for my needs. I know a 4 wheel drive SUV or a truck, preferably, with seating for at least 4, better fits my needs.

So, don’t get sucked in by shiny! Take the time to research the vehicles that fit into your lifestyle. Don’t choose a make and model based on how pretty it is or even how it is perceived by others. Choose a vehicle that works for you!

What do you look for when buying a car that fits your lifestyle?






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Jenn is from Upstate, SC, and loves that she gets to work from home to be with her two little girls. Jenn has been happily married to her very own Superman, Ben, for over a decade, and spends her time reading, writing short stories, doing freelance work and blogging, crafting, riding motorcycles, watching Clemson football, and enjoying life with her family.

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