Making any large purchase with your significant other can be a pretty big hurdle. In some cases, it can cause undue stress and tension in a relationship. To avoid that, one of the best things you can do is to compromise.
If you are a couple buying a car, you need to make certain adjustments to make the process go as smoothly as possible.
Below are some of the best tips you can use:
Be upfront with your significant other about what you want and need in a car. This sounds simple but it’s important not to overlook the little things when talking about buying a car with your partner.
Little things could include how you absolutely refuse to buy a red car or how you don’t want to buy a black car because they’re harder to spot at night. They could also include things like how you won’t budge on buying a car with no less than a 5-star safety rating.
Being upfront about the little things will ensure they don’t turn into big things as you’re getting closer to making a decision.
Your partner will appreciate that you’ve been upfront with them and you should encourage them to do the same thing.
Sit down together and write a list of all your needs and wants in a car. List them from most to least important and then come back to that list when choosing a car. Compromise on the least important parts instead of your needs in a car.
It’s better to both agree and compromise than allow one person to give in and have everything. It may not be troublesome now but it could be in the future.
Make a budget
Probably the most important factor when buying a car with your SO is making a budget. The second most important factor is sticking to that budget. Your budget should be enough to cover a car with a high safety rating and your basic needs.
It’s always a good idea to look at used vehicles as well when planning your budget, so you can understand the different price points in the market. Always take into consideration depreciation when considering prestige in a new car.
The long haul
If you and your SO are in it for the long haul, which, let’s assume you are since you’re a couple buying a car, it’s important to look into the future. Unfortunately, there’s no crystal ball for this so you’ll just have to use common sense.
Ask your partner where they see themselves in 5 or 10 years.
Does the car fit the bill? Do you intend to have this car for 5 years, 10 years or even 15 years?
Always consider the future when buying anything of great value. If you intend to start a family in the next few years, it may be the right time to buy a family car rather than a small car.
If you’re thinking of getting a dog in the near future, then you’ll need to factor that into your decision when picking out a model.
Make a plan
It’s extremely important to talk to your partner about what he expects after you’ve bought the car.
Who gets to drive it to work every morning? You or your partner? Are you going to carpool? What about the weekends? If you’re going to be doing separate weekend activities, who gets to use the car?
It’s important to talk about these things before you buy a car to determine what kind you really need. If you’ll be buying a one car family, this tip can help avoid arguments in the future.