Car Hunting Made Easy

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My 2003 Nissan is on its last legs. The cost of keeping it on the road has become more than the car is worth.  I have had good service from this car, but now it’s time to let my baby go.

The first thing I need to do is decide what kind of vehicle will fit my family’s needs.  I am not set on buying a new car, but want to keep my options open.  In discussing what I want to do with my husband, I decided to take a friends recommendation to visit Cars.com to begin my research.

I began my search by deciding in advance how much we could afford on a new vehicle.  Then, I selected the body style I prefer.  We had pretty much decided in advance to get either a Minivan or SUV.  Mainly for the number of passengers and we also wanted so cargo space.  I decided we would search on body style not for any particular make.

I do have a preference for vehicle manufactures, but in this case wanted to start with body style, we also set the search limit to dealers within 50 miles of our home.  My first search resulted in 96 Minivans within the price range I specified.  I took a quick scan of what the search revealed and decide to take a look a the SUVs before starting to narrow my search.

The search for SUVs within my price range revealed 951 vehicles.  Well that was a bit to many so I narrowed it down to vehicles manufactured within the past 5 years.  Still to many, so what to do next?   I decide to search for a particular model, one a friend of mine is very happy with.  What I found was that a lot of the vehicles had already been sold, but that was okay with me, it just proved that the vehicle I was search for could be found using Cars.com.

We found a Minivan and an SUV that we wanted to take a look at.  Since the dealers are with easy driving distance, it’s time for a trip to the dealer and a test drive of both the Minivan and SUV we are interested in.  We may not end up with either of these vehicles, but by using Cars.com it has made our search for a vehicle it has saved us time and made our search so much easier.

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