buying a new car

Hey Sassy Peeps!

I don’t know about you guys, but when buying a new car I am always very EMOTIONAL. I feel NERVOUS when the process begins, because as we all know when buying a car, dealers have a reputation for taking advantage of women, especially when they feel that she does not know as much about cars as men. I also feel a sense of EMPOWERMENT, once I am APPROVED for a loan, because I am doing it my way with my money! Lastly, I am Super EXCITED to welcome a new member into the family (Chuckles) while driving off the lot.

I have purchased 5 cars in my lifetime and it doesn’t matter what stage I am in my life it is always an emotional roller-coaster.

In my opinion the entire process can be VERY intimidating! When buying a new car it is important to strap on your armor. I don’t mean strap it on a few minutes before heading to the dealer, I mean strap that suit on weeks or even months before signing your name on that dotted line. Wait! Let’s back up a minute. I know every situation is different and sometimes you need a vehicle NOW not LATER, but it’s best to be as prepared as possible.

buying a new car

Credit Score

Knowing your credit score is so important. It’s great to know, because it gives you POWER! Walking in without knowing where you stand as far as credit can really hurt you when negotiating for a lower interest rate. Try getting a free credit report/credit score. FYI…You can get your credit score for free at CafeCredit.


When buying a new car determine your budget before looking at new cars. Otherwise you may come out with a luxe Lincoln when it should have actually been a compact Ford. Remember this is a long-term investment, so you have to be realistic when it comes to budgeting. You do not want to put all your eggs in that basket. You must always leave money in your budget for other things

Pick A Car(s)

Once you have made your budget, pick a few car(s) that you are interested in purchasing that are within your budget. I like to pick two or three just in case.

Read Reviews

Find out what vehicles has the best of what you the consumer want. Me personally, would look for cabin size, sound system, longevity, and cost effective parts not covered by warranty.

Due Diligence

Do your due diligence. You should always know how much the vehicle should cost before negotiating. That way there won’t be any price issues, such as; hidden fees added onto the actual dollar amount.

buying a new car

Ask Your Peeps

Once you have chosen the car of your budgets dreams, the salesperson and where you buy the vehicle is PARAMOUNT. In my experience, getting advice from your innercircle is not only IMPORTANT but BRILLIANT. Instead of walking into a showroom and getting a random salesman, consult your peeps: Co-workers, friends, family. In my opinion this is one of the most important steps, because it can definitely make the outcome a successful one.

Stick to your Guns

Don’t let the salesman haggle you. They have a way of making you feel like that car is the only one on earth. WRONG! It’s not! You can always take your business elsewhere! Trust me..they NEED your business, just as bad as you WANT & NEED that car.

 Year-End Quotas 

If you can hold off until the end of the year to make an auto purchase that would be great. The last week of December is when the dealerships want to close out the year with BIG numbers. They have a lot of pressure to get rid of what is on the lot.

Confidence is Key 

Make sure you walk in the dealership like you own the place and like you know what you have to offer. Body language is very important when in negotiating. #PokerFace! Also, if you are new at this or just don’t feel very confident there is nothing wrong with taking BACKUP! Take your brother, uncle, guy friend, boyfriend, husband. That can only be a bonus.


Lastly, strap that armor on and be like Nike and JUST DO IT! I have to admit, buying a car is not the easiest thing in the world, but it shouldn’t have to be so frustrating that it ends in a bad deal.  That’s why there are many outlets out there to help you through the process that will help find your stride and feel confident as you drive off the lot.

Buying a new car

Now to my Sassy Peeps! What type of armor to you put on when buying a new car? Inquiring minds want to know!

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44 Comment

  1. This is such a great post. It’s so unbelievable to me, but dealers still try to get one over on women.

    1. Dawn Gibson says: Reply

      IKR Stacie! It’s sad! It’s good there are some really awesome ones out there, but there are still those shady ones.

  2. Awesome post! I have seen so many dealers and their salespeople trying to put one over on women. I guess they still think they can get away with it. Bad move. When women roll up into the dealership with all their info in order, watch out!

    1. Dawn Gibson says: Reply

      Thanks Bill! Yessss! Watch out! LOL!

  3. I didn’t realize that December was an ideal time to purchase a vehicle! That is actually really valuable information.

    1. Dawn Gibson says: Reply

      Thanks Lisa! I was excited when I found out as well.

  4. I despise buying a new car!! Every three years we replace my car. I tell my hubby a few I like we look them up find colors and type and info then when we go, we are prepared!

    1. Dawn Gibson says: Reply

      You go girl!!!! That is awesome.

  5. These are really great tips! I will be sharing this with my sister as she is planning on buying her first car very soon.

  6. I love my car — but it getting quiet old and I may be looking to upgrade soon. These tips will come in handy! thanks!!

  7. These are great tips. I would never know the things I should check when buying a car. It’s always my husband who does this.

  8. Betty says: Reply

    Great information! I wish I had this when we bought our car a couple of months ago!

  9. danik says: Reply

    Ha ha, I loved reading this post and great information out there. My ex-partner should have read this before buying her car, what problems I had afterwards. Just jump into the deep end!

  10. Kathy says: Reply

    This is some great information. I would never shop for a vehicle alone though. I’m always with my husband. He knows a lot about vehicles thankfully.

  11. Eloise says: Reply

    I’ve never bought a new car by myself before (was married at the time!) In the future I’ll be sure to follow your tips, thanks!

  12. Lisa Heath says: Reply

    I’m getting ready to buy a new car. I’ve had my current one for 14 years, and it’s the second car I’ve ever owned. I’ll have to read this again when the purchase date gets closer

  13. Sticking to your guns is so important. Guys try to get one up on me all the time. Nope, not happening!

  14. Great tips! The first time my husband bought a car, he was CLUELESS! I had to walk him through the process. The salesman took my husband aside after he signed the deal and said I was scary, lol.

  15. Buying a new car is so scary! I had no idea that the last week of December was the best time to buy — I always figured it was mid year when the new models came out.

  16. Sandy says: Reply

    Good research is a must. Hence, one should check the reviews. These tips are equally applicable for boys.

  17. Clarissa Fletcher says: Reply

    Great tips! I have purchasex my last two cars in December, love that you put that out there. Good stuff😁🚦🚗

  18. Katy Jacobs says: Reply

    Nice article, this is very helpful, reminds me when i bought a new car and stock in a stressful insurance company, good thing there is https://gebhardtinsurancegroup.com/casa-grande-automobile-insurance/ to help me, it’s better to be insured than sorry. Great job Author.

  19. ashley says: Reply

    These are all great tips! Fingers crossed I don’t have to buy a car for awhile though! I’m hoping ours still have quite a bit of time left

  20. We had to work on a budget when I bought my second car. Had to or we’ll end up broke. LOL. Thanks for the tips. Will keep this in mind because Hubby needs a new car – his car is dying. 🙂

  21. robin masshole mommy says: Reply

    I am the one in charge of buying cars in our family. It’s truly an art form.

  22. Thank you for helping women be empowered in a male dominated situation! Great post with excellent tips!

  23. These are such good tips. I hate buying cars and I especially hate when the salesmen are so condescending.

  24. I feel like buying a car is harder for women b/c the dealers always try to hike up the prices.

  25. I always checked the prices of cars before I bought and stood my ground. I did more talking than my husband when we bout our cars

  26. Such a very intuitive post. Although I already know some of this tips, there is still a lot to discover. I am always with a companion when looking for a car, someone who have a certain knowledge regarding car features and proper transactions.

  27. Elizabeth O. says: Reply

    This is perfect, everything that you need to know when buying a new car is definitely on this list. It’s important to check all of these so that you won’t have any problems while car shopping!

  28. Wendy Polisi says: Reply

    This is amazing tips, I’m really glad that you shared this, we are planning to buy a new car this year.

  29. I don’t drive but thank you for this. Maybe one day I will have a car. xx

  30. Erin says: Reply

    I always ALWAYS always get stuck on the “reading reviews” part. There will be that ONE person that leaves a negative review that always seems to trump the other 99% of positive ones. LOL

  31. Awesome tips for the woman that purchase their own car with no help. I leave the car buying up to my husband. He knows a lot more than I do.

  32. These are great. My husband and I go together and make a deal on numbers and what we want well before we show up. We also get pre approved through our credit union so we don’t have to deal with any of that either.

  33. Rachel says: Reply

    Yes! The haggling! I feel like they do this with women more than men but it bothers me so much!

  34. Jay Simms says: Reply

    I have been looking for a new car, and my husband won’t let me go by myself! I think these tips are great!

  35. wendy says: Reply

    Awesome post! I am looking for a new vehicle as we speak and these tips will come in handy!

  36. These are useful tips for anybody who is buying a new vehicle. I especially like sticking to your plan so you don’t go overboard

  37. Very informative. I wouldn’t know where to start when it comes to buying a car. I’ve only ever looked at the color and the price tag lol

  38. Every time my Mom has a chance, she likes to test drive cars (at rental places, of relatives and friends) as if she were going to purchase it as her next car. Finding a vehicle without heavy blind spots is something she looks for.

  39. Thank you so much for those helpful tips and suggestions when buying a car. I love it especially the Poker face part lol. But seriously these tips are awesome. Thanks!

  40. Tina Gleisner says: Reply

    As I’m not a shopper & don’t care much about cars, I basically buy mine online (last 3). Find what I want & then give 2 or 3 dealers “give me you best price by 5pm tomorrow” and it works … mostly. First time I did this, I didn’t realize stores aren’t open on Sundays in Maine, oh well. Sales person couldn’t believe when I showed up at 4pm next day & I was a bit pissed that paperwork wasn’t done. Last time I did this plus loan in 2 hrs while my husband was flying … oh my.

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