Purchasing a vehicle can be an overwhelming decision. Maybe the sports car you enjoyed in your twenties may not be as practical a few years later if your lifestyle has been altered. As you search for the right fit, don’t forget to include used vehicles on the list. They’re often a great alternative to purchasing the latest models.

Before stepping foot into a car dealership, take some time by reflecting on your preferences. What do you value the most in a vehicle? Are you impressed by gadgets and new technology? Or Do you prefer dependability and safety through and through? Determining your preferences and budget can make all the difference before walking into a dealership.

Consider also doing general research on vehicles you are interested in purchasing. In the infographic below, The Road to Buying A Used Car, there are several tips for researching for a vehicle.

Another thing to consider when purchasing is the car’s depreciation. A vehicle depreciates as soon as you drive it off the lot. While a brand-new ride may be flashy, it might not be as great an investment as you hoped. Keep in mind that about 30% of a car’s value is expected to decrease within its first two years of being purchased. Consulting a car expert or guide may give further insights into how a vehicle’s worth will change over time.

With the proper preparation, car shopping doesn’t have to be stressful. If you’re ready to begin the search for a great used car, consult the accompanying infographic below.

Infographic created by JDBNOW, a buy here pay here dealership