Mistakes When Buying a Car

A car is one of those possessions that can mean a lot to people in terms of how they present themselves to the world. Your car choice may be a representation of your personality, status, or individuality. Owning a car can give you a sense of freedom, of responsibility and maturity. When you get the chance to buy a new or used vehicle, it can be a like a clean slate. You will get to paint a new or upgraded picture of how others see you. You get to choose a new color, more technologically advanced options, or add a unique blend of your personality to the car through accessories. Whatever the reason, buying a vehicle is exciting, but it can also get some people in trouble. CarLife can give you the best services for car repair in the Scottsdale, Glendale and Gilbert areas, as well as help help educate you on some important factors to consider while car shopping. When it comes to buying a car, there are several areas people often forget to consider that we will look at in this article.

Not Researching

People frequently walk into dealerships without any idea of what a car is worth, what they are looking for, or what they can afford. This is a recipe for getting a poor deal on a car that you will end up unsatisfied with. To avoid buyer’s remorse and get a deal you are thrilled about, you need to first gain an understanding of your wants and needs in a car, and then look at your budget to see what you can comfortably afford. Then, you need to do your research! What are the safety ratings on the car you are interested in? Will the car require repairs, and how much will that be? Check out competitor pricing on your desired vehicle. Resources like Kelly Blue Book and CarFax will help you get a better understanding of the type, value and history of a car you are interested in.

Not Evaluating Your Budget and Finances

It is best to go over your finances in detail before you even walk into a dealership or start researching the kind of vehicle you would like. Exploring your finances will help you understand what you can afford monthly for a car payment, including taxes and insurance. Do not make a decision based on what you are approved for or what the dealership would suggest. You should know your budget, what you can afford monthly. Do not let yourself be swayed from that amount! It is great to get a new vehicle, but it is terrible to get one you cannot afford.

If you plan to trade in your current vehicle, research beforehand how much it is worth and what you owe on it. Coming to the dealer with your numbers aligned will help you get the best deal possible.

You will also want to research possible scenarios for financing. Find out from a credit union or your bank what kind of financing you could get so you will be able to compare rates when you get to the dealership. Considering insurances is also beneficial. Call up several car insurance companies for quotes on the new vehicle you have chosen.

Impulse Buying – Bad Idea

When we see something we like, it can be hard to not let the excitement take over. The worst thing you can do when buying a car is to impulse-buy. This is when you have not done any research on the car or scouted around at different dealers for the best price. It is very possible you will find a better deal if you wait instead of buying what is right in front of you, right now. A car is the often second largest life purchase behind a home, and it is important to make a wise decision.

The best thing to do when purchasing a vehicle is to take your time, consider all your options, know your budget, and do the research. Do not let anyone push you into a vehicle you don’t like or know anything about. Make sure you leave feeling empowered in your decision by being prepared.

Carlife not only wants the your car to run extremely well, we also want to see owners who are happy with their vehicle choices. See us today for all your repair and servicing needs!


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Our Belief at CARLIFE

CARLIFE Auto Repair is an Arizona-based automotive service and repair company serving the Glendale/Peoria, Scottsdale, and Gilbert/Mesa communities . We are dedicated to unparalleled customer service and communication and are the premier auto care and repair company in Arizona. Our staff is not content until you are fully satisfied and we strive to please our customers and make their experience a fantastic one. Our customers are of the utmost importance to us; we value your business and want to earn the right to be your life-long, auto repair company!

Our Firm Belief
You are our #1 priority! We believe our Phoenix auto repair should focus on our client’s needs. Quite simply, we are here to take care you, and your transportation needs. Your vehicle is a tremendously important asset and we are honored to have the privilege of serving you, our customer.

How are we different?
We are innovative, and want your experience to be worry-free. We strive to combine ‘Old-fashioned’ friendly service, coupled with a modern, state-of-the-art facility.

You should expect nothing but the best when it comes to Auto repair, whether it’s in Gilbert, Mesa, Peoria, Glendale, or Scottsdale, we have you covered. We have three Valley locations and we are here for you.

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Gilbert Mesa Could Use Food Trucking

The food trucking industry has been an exciting development in the food world and has gained a lot of popularity. Statistics from 2015 show that the food truck industry brings in over $1.2 billion a year. That’s a good amount of cash. The business model of the industry has allowed its vendors to create unique and delicious foods. If you’re from the Gilbert Mesa area then you might not have seen many food trucks and if you don’t know much about this industry yet, here is a little peak on what it is like for the food truck owners.
 
A New Frontier
 
As you might imagine, running a food truck is less expensive than running a restaurant. There’s less staff and a smaller kitchen. Smaller expenses means there is less risk and less risk leads to less stress among other benefits (not to say that it isn’t stressful). The smaller expenses allow more cooks to get their foot in the door and gain an audience for their products which will help them open up a restaurant later on if they so desire.
 
Momentary Monetary
 
The income can waver, however. Trucks who operate where it gets cold and snowy in the winter (which is definitely not here in Gilbert Mesa) can go through a bad winter season. Sales can drop as much as 50%, according to the President of the National Food Truck Association (NFTA). Yikes. So food truck owners have to plan for the off season while things are going well.
 
Going Curbular
 
Trucks can sell at curbside as well as at events. If they’re going curbside they’ll be driving around for spots where they think they will get the most customers. Of course, if an area is known to be good business among the food trucks scene, then the food trucks may have to fight to get a spot in their favorite areas. You might think that this means food trucks would have a hostile attitude towards each other but according to an interview by spoonuniversity.com of the President of the NFTA, there is actually a sense of “community and camaraderie.” The President of NFTA supported this by mentioning, “If one truck can’t do an event, the owner will pass it along to another food truck.” It’s nice to hear about people helping each other survive out there in the food world. Speaking of events…
 
Planning Ahead
 
Serving at private and corporate events is another way that the Food Trucks can make money. This way is less spontaneous and risky (in terms of knowing whether or not there’ll be sales) but it costs more time in planning and communication. Also, festivals may charge food trucks to sell at their locations. An interview on blogto.com with a food truck owner states, “Many charge food trucks a flat fee to be there (anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars) and some even take a percentage of their sales.” These expenses can get pretty high so they are another thing for the trucks to consider.
 
The food truck life seems like an interesting one. It is a good route to go for those weary of opening a restaurant and it has resulted in a lot of unique, delicious, and uniquely delicious foods. Mmm food… is anyone else hungry now?
 
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