Fuel your auto search: 3 tips for buying your next car

With auto inventory going up, the prices are starting to cool down. | Photo via Unsplash

Looking for a new (to you) car? According to Kelley Blue Book, now is a great time to buy since you’re striking while the iron is cool. Where 2021 left buyers discouraged due to inventory shortages + high prices, 2022 is showing a calming auto industry, with used car prices dropping as the supply of used cars increases from last year’s low inventory.

Whether you’re looking for a new or used car, here are 3 tips that will help you get the best bang for your buck: 

  1. Consider your budget:

Factor in your current costs to decide how much you’re willing to pay monthly. When budgeting, keep in mind that a down payment decreases the overall loan + interest of the car (read: a bigger down payment is better, if you can swing it).

  1. Do your research

Before heading to the dealership, research the make + models of the cars you’re interested in. Get a feel for prices and learn about features, gas mileage, safety, and more so you know what to expect.

  1. Test drive the car:

Can you imagine yourself in this car? The best way to know if a car is for you is to take it for a test drive before heading home with it. Consider the car’s comfort, controls, handling, and overall condition.

Before step 3, you’ll need to find a car dealership. If you’re looking for a dealership with a small town feel and staff who prides themselves on not pressuring customers into buying a car, Lakeside Auto Mart is ready to help in your car search. Located a short drive south of downtown Louisville (5679 Dixie Hwy., Elizabethtown), the dealership has a large inventory of pick up trucks, mid size sedans, and SUVs

Pro tip: If you’re just looking to sell your car (or even your house), Lakeside Auto Mart can help with that, too. Visit their website or call (270) 982-4444 to learn more.

Poll: Thinking about buying or selling a vehicle? Let us know.*