“Mom!!! My truck broke down. It’s been in the shop. It’s the transmission. It’s like $4500 to fix it!” That’s actually the sort of phone calls you get when you are the parent of a college aged student who commutes. Here I am 1900 miles away and I have no idea what to do. I mean seriously, the truck she was driving wasn’t worth the cost of the fix. How can I possibly help her find a new car? And financing? Or maybe even a service shop that may do it the repair for less? Most people don’t have to deal with these situations from 1900+ miles away, but whether you are 1900 or 19 miles away you still want to help find the right service center that won’t take advantage of your child or that can help you in locating and financing a new car for her to drive. Cars.com could give me the information and assistance I need no matter how close or far away I may be.
After some phone calls and a consultation with my dad we realized that taking my daughter’s truck to a service center (no matter how they make beat the repair service quote stated) that it was probably not going to be a good budgeting decision to repair it. After all, sure we could fix the truck, but what happens when all the other things go wrong with it too. Worried about her safety we decided to look for another car. Unfortunately at the time I didn’t have a service like Cars.com online or it could have made my search for a new car, truck or SUV that much easier on the whole family.
So we bought a new car. But things did not run smoothly after that. It has been in the “shop” several time for a variety of repairs and maintenance issues. Of course this started the conversation of “Mom maybe it would be better if I just bought another car!” I’m not so sure about that. After all I’m the cosigner on the existing loan and she is between jobs (her nanny position ended at end of school year and it’s summer and she hasn’t been hired yet).
But for curiosity sake we headed to Cars.com, a site recommended by a friend. It was so easy to look for a new car, truck or SUV in her price range. Not only were our searches narrowed to her price range, but certain types of vehicles, how far away from our location they were and so much more! Pictures, VIN numbers, selling from dealerships as well as owners and so much more were available once we visited them online.
Check this out! You can even get the CarFax report and a whole lot more information about the vehicle you are interested in purchasing as well as reviews about many of the locations which have it for sell. It’s pretty exciting when you are buying from a dealership to find out what other people’s experiences were with the dealership. Where there any problems? Did they handle them in a timely and professional manner?
Services on Cars.com include buy, sell, trade, and very important – find your vehicles value! For us that’s a biggie since we recently traded in our 11 year old mini van. We were hopeful but it would be nice to have an idea before we start negotiating with the dealership. There’s also helpful tips like financing your new car, what about your credit, general maintenance tips, and really important those parents out there trying to make the most of their car or truck – safety recalls and notices, car maintenance 101 as well as car seat check by manufacturer!
Can’t decide what to buy but have narrowed it down? Do some comparison shopping on Cars. com.
Personally I’m really excited to share the tips for the first time car buyer with my daughter. Maybe this next purchase I won’t have to co-sign for!