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6 Places To Buy New Or Used Cars Online

6 Places To Buy New Or Used Cars Online

Buying a car is a tough task- whether you are buying a new or used car, odds of finding a perfect car are always to define. In the case of new cars, especially if bought on finance, you held a chance to get a brand-new car with all quality checks made but if you are buying a used car, finding the right one is a painful process.

Fortunately, there are a lot of services- both small and large who offer you to buy and sell used and new cars for free. Some services charge you listing fees also however, there are always free services which can help you find used services.

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Here are the top 10 places where you can find new or used cars:

Craigslist.org

Craigslist is and was a giant of free classifieds and it remains one of the top places in the world where you can find anything including cars. Craigslist has very basic layout as far as a website is concerned, however, it has some really advanced search functions which can make it easier for you to find the right model. One thing you need to be aware of is the fact that it is local in nature i.e. you will be automatically redirected to your local chapter of the site. The biggest advantage of this is that you can easily find local sellers or buyers to deal with.

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Hemmings.com

If you are a real car enthusiast and want to buy a classic car, hemmings.com may be the place of your choice. It contains large listings of classic cars from as old models as 1890s. Though old classic car models are expensive to buy but if you are someone who likes to look for really classic and old cars.

Ebay Motors

Ebay Motors is an offshoot of ebay.com and is one of the established name in the world of car classifieds and person to person selling. Ebay Motors is also sort of local in nature and advocates to deal locally with car dealers and buyers.

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Ebay Motors is not a free service and charges you a certain percentage to post the ads, however, if you are a buyer, you may not pay any fee to view or even contact the sellers. It has also a good built-in advanced search making it easier for you to search different models of your choice. You can easily find your desired models at the prices you want.

Auto Zin

AutoZin is one of simplest car classifieds and allows you to add your own data feeds if you are a seller. With simple search functions given on the homepage, Auto Zin offers you the opportunity to first look at what is being searched by others on its website. This gives you a fair idea of what others are buying or selling.

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Cars.com

Cars.com is such a huge car classified service that you simply cannot ignore it. What is great about this website is the fact that it exposes the price outliers at both the lower and higher end so you can easily find the car which comes in your range of budget. You can also find the leftover cars i.e. cars which were not bought by others or have been changing hands recently.

Autotrader.com

Autotrader.com is another huge service which you should check because of the sheer volume of the listings on the website. Autotrader.com also presents news and views on the industry and other things so if you are looking to read reviews before you plan to buy, Auto Trader may be a great place for you to buy or sell used cars.

Whether you are looking to buy a new or used car, always make sure to deal with local sellers and buyers. There are many frauds being reported in the press about the cheating and other serious crimes against innocent people dealing with others on classified websites so make sure you play safe.

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Published on September 17, 2018

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

2. When you want something big, wait

Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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So, you get the itch.

You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

Here’s where you have to take a step back.

Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

3. Live smaller than you can afford

You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

4. Practice smart grocery shopping

Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

Create a grocery budget

Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

Make a list… and never deviate

Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

Eat before going grocery shopping

It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

5. Cancel your gym membership

Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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