7. Don't buy a car straight off a dealership's lot
Think about every single option you do and don't want on a car. Then find that exact car. Buying a car with the wrong options is like buying a house with the wrong floors. You'll need to be patient, though, because the right car is almost never at a dealer anywhere near you.
8. Detailing a car properly can take years off its age
Obsessive cleaning and polishing is kinda the automotive equivalent of a facelift. I once bought a car for $15,000, and four years later a good friend—who had seen the car literally hundreds of times—was shocked to learn it wasn’t $45,000.
9. No, not all Porsches and BMWs are luxury cars
The simple truth is you can order just about any car in a stripped down, back-to-basics manner that’s very rewarding to someone who enjoys driving. That means you can get a so-called “luxury” brand without power or heated seats, with no sun roof, navigation system, or even parking sensors.