Check out the local newspapers for the Automobile section. You'll find ads for used as well as new
vehicles. There are also several free classified automobile books found at newsstands everywhere. Shoping online for a new or used car is very common, easy and cost effective. You will have the ability to comparison shop right at your fingertips. Always research car values using Kelly Blue Book. You can find out what your car is worth on the retail market (sold by a dearler) as well as what you could sell it for, privately. Every make and model vehicle is available to peruse.
If you're shopping for a used vehicle, you must consider the maintenance costs to keep it running and safe. Will you service it yourself or do you have a trusted mechanic friend? Will you depend on traditional auto shops or dealerships for the maintenance and care of your vehicle? The latter can be costly, especially if you've choosen a foreign made vehicle. Search for blogs and forums that discuss the various makes and models for trends in needed repairs. Look for recall information on any used cars you might be interested in purchasing.
New cars aren't always worry free. It's a smart idea to evaluate the warranties offered based on how many years are covered plus the mileage used. Five years/100,000 miles is always impressive. If you can find a deal like that on a new car, you will probably drive worry free during your ownership of the vehicle. Consider how much driving you actually do. If you don't have far to drive to work and aren't into joy riding, you might be a good candidate for leasing a vehicle at a much cheaper monthly payment. The leasing option would get you into a more expensive car for what you would pay for a lesser one; however at the end of the lease, you would not own the car. At that point, you would have the option to turn it in (all that money is gone forever), or you could keep the car and buy the remainder of the value in it.
Happy car shopping!