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2023: how to buy cars during a recession

It's not a stretch to think we are in for a rocky economic climate in 2023. So let's strategize. People will tell you not to buy things you need with this inflation and possible recession, but what if you HAVE to?


Buying a car is a big commitment, and you want to make sure that you're getting the best deal possible. During a recession, it can be even more difficult to find ways to save money on your next new or used vehicle purchase. However, if you know what cars are in demand and where they're being sold, then you'll have an easier time finding a solid deal on one of them. Here's how:

Buy used, not new

Buying a used car is a great way to save money, especially during the recession. However, there are some downsides to buying a used car as well.

  • Depreciation

The first disadvantage of buying used is that cars depreciate quickly when you drive them off the lot. According to AAA, this is especially true for new cars because manufacturers typically recommend replacing tires every 6-8 years and brakes every 30k miles (or after two years or 25k miles). If you decide not to replace those parts before selling your car, the buyer will likely expect it to be fixed at his/her expense...which means even more money out of pocket! So keep in mind: if you're going with conventionally fueled engines like those found on most domestic sedans produced by General Motors (GM), Ford (F) or Chrysler Group LLC (Daimler AG), then there's really no reason why anyone should pay over $4500 for anything less than 15 years old unless they just really want one particular model year because that was their favorite color combination back when they were first released into production so, by all means, go ahead and get yourself something nice :)

Pay cash

If you can pay cash, do it. It’s the simplest way to buy a car without worrying about financing or monthly payments. Cash is king when trying to negotiate a better price on your next ride. Most dealerships will take more of a loss on their profit margin when they know they won’t have to wait for payment or risk losing their customer altogether because of missed payments.

Also, if you already have extra cash lying around and don't want or need an interest-based loan, then by all means keep that money in your pocket! You'll save yourself from paying additional interest charges if you'd otherwise have borrowed from an institution like a bank or credit union.

Finally: not having monthly payments means not having any risk associated with missing them either (because there aren't any).

Save your money

Saving money is essential if you want to buy a car. Here are some ways to save:

  • Save for the down payment

  • Save for the insurance

  • Save for maintenance costs

  • Save up gas money

Saving money is important

Saving money is essential, especially in these tough economic times. If you want to save money, it helps to know your goals and how much time you have to reach them. You may be saving for a rainy day or car purchase or even retirement. Either way, it's important that your savings not only work toward those goals but also help build up your confidence in achieving them!

By saving regularly and investing wisely, it is possible that one day soon, all of us will wake up with enough wealth on hand so that we don't have to worry about our futures anymore!

Look at reviews online

If you’re feeling nervous about buying a car and want to do some advanced research, there are plenty of resources available.

One is to look at the reviews posted online by people who have purchased and used the vehicle you're considering. These reviews can help you determine if the car is worth buying and what issues other buyers have had with it.

A second helpful resource is a warranty or service contract from an insurance company or bank that will cover repairs for up to five years after purchase. This can give you peace of mind if something goes wrong with your new ride!

Do your research online

  • Do your research online.

  • Check online for reviews and forums about the vehicle you're interested in. You'll also want to take a look at online car magazines that may have test-driven or reviewed the model you're thinking about buying, as well as local classifieds (in newspapers and websites) to see what's available within your budget. And don't forget to check out "automotive" auction sites like eBay Motors; sometimes it's possible to find good deals on vehicles there, if you know how much they're worth when sold new at dealerships.

Buying a car during a recession is hard work!

Buying a car during a recession is hard work. You have to be very careful when buying a car because most people are looking for ways to save money. The easiest way to do this is by purchasing used cars instead of new ones. I recommend using the internet as much as possible in your search for the perfect ride!

Buying a car during a recession can be even more challenging than usual, so make sure you know what you are getting yourself into before committing to anything. The first thing I would do if I were looking at buying an automobile right now would be to make sure that my budget was on track and that everything else was taken care of financially so there wouldn't be any surprises later down the road!

Another important factor in buying something like this would definitely be doing some online research beforehand regarding what kind of sticker price range might work best depending on how much money needs to be spent overall while still being able to buy something nice enough (yet affordable). Otherwise, one may end up spending too much or worse yet not having enough left over after paying off bills, etcetera."


In conclusion, buying a car during a recession is not easy. It would be best if you were patient, smart, and prepared to do some research before making your purchase. But with these tips and tricks in mind, you should be able to find yourself a great car at the right price!


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