4 Tips For Buying A New Car In 2018

The temperature is rising, and spring is on its way. For many Canadians, when the weather gets nice and the days get longer, driving ceases to be a chore and becomes a pleasure. Open roads finally free of salt and sand and ice call out to be driven in a car that you can really take to the limit — which is why spring is reliably one of the most popular times for Canadians to go shopping for a new automobile.

If you are looking to buy a new car this year there are a few things you should keep in mind. Auto sales have been up across Canada in the past two years, and dealerships are doing brisk business in all manner of new vehicles. If you want to find the best deal on a car you’ll be excited to drive for years to go, here are a few tips:

  1. Research Is Key

Buying a new car can be a daunting prospect. With so many brands, makes, and models to choose from(and a significant variance in price), knowing which car is right for you takes some research. Read reviews of the vehicles you are interested in, and get a sense for which brands are most likely to deliver what you’re looking for.

For example, you may start out looking at luxury models, but after doing a deep dive into the pros and cons of various vehicles, you might decide that your money is better spent outfitting a reliable Mazda 3 or Mazda CX5 with high end trim options that will provide a similar amount of comfort at a fraction of the price.

  1. Find Your Price Range — And Stay Within It

Financial planning is a weakness for many North Americans, and being realistic about what you can afford is the best way to avoid buyer’s remorse. Calculating how much you can reasonably make in monthly payments is helpful, but it is important to consider the final price tag and base your search on that number. If you know you can afford a $40,000 vehicle, but can’t go much higher than $45,000, this will give you a sense of what options are available.

  1. Trade In Your Old Vehicle

The best way to bring down the price of a new car is by trading in your old one. While it may seem like a good idea to try and sell it separately, it is unlikely you will actually make more money selling your used vehicle on an online marketplace than you would save on a trade in. Trading it in to the dealership is also less of a hassle than trying to close a sale online.

  1. Look Into Financing Before You Go Shopping

For most people in the market for a new car, a good financing arrangement can mean the difference between a good deal and a disastrous one. Most dealerships have a financing team on staff to help you find a payment plan that fits your budget, but it doesn’t hurt to set up a loan in advance if you are worried about payments.

Depending on your financial situation, a loan might make more sense than a payment plan — or you may opt to lease and avoid taking out a loan altogether. Either way, having a firm grasp of your options before walking into the dealership will help you make an informed decision.

Few things compare with the pleasure of driving abrand new car off the lot, and if you do your research and plan responsibly, 2018 can be the year you finally get to experience it.

Home Based Careers For Mums

If you’re a stay at home mom, who would love to be able to contribute to your household, continue reading to discover a few possible home based career options, which you may be interested in pursuing. Simply choose the career path which best suits your working experience and interests.

Home Based Careers For Moms:

1. Virtual assistant

If you have experience working in an office, you may want to market yourself as a virtual assistant. Examples of tasks handled by virtual assistants include email management, calendar management, and basic receptionist duties. While you may choose to work as a virtual, home-based assistant for a local business, you can also apply for positions which are being advertised overseas.

2. Tutor

If you have a college degree, you’ll have the necessary skills to work as a home-based tutor. As a home-based tutor, you’ll have the option of teaching middle school or high school aged students, from a home office or searching for online tutoring positions.

3. English teacher

Stay at home moms can bring in a decent income by teaching international students how to speak English. All you need is a webcam, in order to communicate with your international students. As an online Engish teacher, you’ll be able to teach high school or college aged students or may choose to specialize in teaching mature students.

4. Writer

As a mom, you’ll probably have countless ideas for engaging children’s books, which you could write. If you’re a talented writer and enjoy the creative process of writing, you may want to seriously consider becoming a writer.

5. Blogger

Did you know that you can monetize a blog, in order to bring in passive income? Yes, that means that if you set up a successful blog, you’ll be able to earn money each time that one of your readers clicks on an ad on your blog and makes a purchase.

To succeed as a professional blogger, make sure to pick a niche subject, that stands out from the blogs which already exist on your chosen subject. It’s also well worth choosing a topic which you’re passionate about. As an example, you may be passionate about traveling with your young family or finding new ways to increase your fitness as a mom.

6. Personal stylist

If you have an eye for detail and have always been a budding fashionista, you may be able to turn your passion for fashion into a viable career! Why not set up your own website and market yourself as an online personal stylist. To start off your new career, why not photograph a few makeovers which you give your closest friends or fellow moms.

7. Personal shopper

If you’re an expert at selecting gifts which your family members and friends treasure, you may want to consider becoming a personal shopper. As thanks to the internet, you’ll be able to search endless online stores in order to find the perfect gifts for your client’s friends and family members.

So if you’re excited by the possibility of choosing a new career, it’s well worth considering all of the career options listed above.