As a single working mom, there are a few things that I prefer to have a man around to do.
The top three on the list are:
- take out the trash (my son’s got that covered),
- do handy-man work around the house (my dad’s got that covered); and
- anything related to my car…purchasing the car, maintaining the car, washing the car, etc…
That last one I handle.
I’ve had to get real smart real fast on everything related to cars. I made a few (many) bad mistakes along the way, but you live and you learn, right?
My Best Tips on Car Buying as a Single Working Mom
1. Have realistic expectations.
I once bought a car from an auction, a pretty red Chrysler Lebaron with a soft top. It was a sweet ride, except it only functioned for a year. Not sure what to expect? Ask someone in your support system for help.
2. Pick the right fit for your needs.
My second car was a much better choice. It took the kids and me on many road trips up and down the east coast. That was my old reliable. But after 14 years of running strong, one day it just stopped running.
3. Don’t buy impulsively.
I desperately needed to buy a new car. I had no way to get to work or get the kids to school. I had to buy a car…and fast! I made a rash decision and bought a luxury car that was cute and advertised all the necessary safety measures for a family car. Did I tell you the car drove like “BUTTA”, it was such a smooth ride. I LOVED IT and I was able to ride high which I love.
4. Calculate the true cost.
But the car was a gas guzzler, I could only use premium gas, the car payments (although manageable), were pretty high, those tires which allowed me to ride high were so expensive to replace. The maintenance bills were ridiculously expensive. Twice a year I was in the shop for something, it was crazy!
What was I thinking? … I wasn’t!
I thought that I deserved that luxury car. I worked hard and it was a nice ride. But it simply wasn’t worth the cost to own.
I dealt with that for two years and then decided to get another car, but this time I did my research.
There is nothing worse than having a large car payment, and huge maintenance bills for a car that’s just cute!
5. Do your research.
Take it from me, if you are in search of a new or used family car, that’s safe for all passengers, a comfortable ride for road trips and is still a cute ride for you to drive around in, do your research, check out Cars.com BEFORE YOU BUY!
If your kids are in car seats, Cars.com has car seat check tools on their site.