I'm realizing I don't really know how to shop for a used car.
My process 9 years ago was to go to the first used car store I saw, get out, and see this beautiful grand am. I had a dream about it that night and went back to buy it the next day. I've been very happy with the car, but I got hosed on the interest rate and don't want that to happen again. I was 23 and fresh out of college and I won't let it happen again.
I could go back there (the guy sent my car a birthday card every year for the first five years or so), because it's really not their fault their financer gave me a bad rate. But, eh... seems I could do better. I'm fishing around for an hour or so a night on the internet, reading up on things, but still don't really know the best place to buy a car. Should I go to a dealer? Well, then it seems I would already have to know what kind of car I'm getting. But I don't know. I have it narrowed down, I think (CR-V, Rav4, Forester, Saturn Vue, Pontiac Aztek are some of my ideas), but part of me also is thinking about a hybrid, like a Ford Escape Hybrid or even a Prius, which I like. They're all just so expensive, though! Maybe I should just get a cheap 4-door car or a hatchback that will last me a few years until I really have some savings.
I want to buy by Christmas.
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