Do you feel overwhelmed as soon as you step foot into a car dealership? Perhaps you are just missing some advice. These tips can help you buy a car and love it.

When you are considering buying a used car, always have your mechanic check it out first. You are not a qualified mechanic trained to spot problems or repairs, so you need to take it to a professional. Be prepared to pay $100 or so for this service, but it may end up saving you thousands.

Check online before you buy. There are a wide variety of cars and car information available online. Learn all you can about the vehicles you are considering before you even step one foot on the car lot. You can find all kinds of stuff out about a vehicle if you just do a simple search on the Internet.

When heading to a car dealership, get prepared for your bargaining side to come out. While there may be some dealers who have your best interest at heart, most just want to get as much money out of you as they can. This is why you have to be strict and never settle on a deal you are uncomfortable with. Bring a spare set of keys with you to the dealership. When they ask for the keys to your trade-in, give them the spare. Some dealerships will use your car keys to hold you hostage if a deal is not made. You want to avoid this, so make sure you have the ability to walk out of the dealership at any time without having to ask for your keys.

Once you know how much you have to spend, find out about the cars within that range. Learn about the car itself, its miles per gallon, number of doors, trunk space, driver’s reviews, safety record, and how frequently it needs repairs on average. Assign each a rating and go for those at the top of the list. Always take any used car you are thinking of buying to a mechanic that you trust. Do not take the dealer’s word that the car is in good condition. They might have only owned the car for a few days or bought it from an auction. They really have very little knowledge of the vehicle you are trying to buy.

Use the tips you just read if you plan on going shopping for a car. Use what you learned here to help make your car shopping experience a good one.