Transportation Assistance : Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I need transportation assistance to get from place to place? What should I use?

A: To go from place to place temporarily, public transport is the best way. There are many bus, train and light rail systems to help you get from place to place at a low cost. However, the payments may add up, in which case, having your own car probably becomes a must. In that case, try and look for a cheap affordable car. Your best bet is probably a used car for maximum investment. Remember, make sure to sure save up for your car and plan wisely and find out if you really need it.

Q: I need a car to get to work and back, what is the best way to get a car?

A: Firstly, you should try and see if using public transportation is an option, if you are tight on money taking the bus/train will save you a buying cost and weekly gas cost, buying a year pass would be much cheaper, especially if it only to commute to work and back. Otherwise, you want to buy a car that gives you good gas mileage such as a hybrid, civics, cars with 4-cylinder, and fully eclectic cars that can save you the extra gas cost.

Q: I don’t have enough money for a new car. Will a used car sustain?

A: Sometimes used cars are the best value for money. This is because many cars depreciate once they are out of the dealers and you avoid the extra costs that a new car has (such as taxes). But remember, buying a used car requires a lot more research to make sure you are getting a good deal. You want to make sure the car you are committing to is good in terms of price and quality. Many people sell their cars in good condition. To verify your purchase, look at car title papers, the car’s milage, and check out the car’s interior and exterior and make sure there is nothing wrong with the car.

Q: Can I buy a car without paying interest on it?

A: Yes, there are ways you can avoid the interest. Many dealers have the option of zero-percent financing, which means you do not pay any interest on top of the principle for the car. However, avoiding interest means that you will have to pay the price back faster. If you pay the interest, you will pay smaller amounts of money for a longer period of time, however, with the zero percent financing option, you are paying back larger chunks of money in a shorter period of time. With that being said, many people prefer the zero percent option because they save money in the long run, even though it can be a bit tougher to pay it back initially. You can ask the car dealer for any other negotiations they would be willing to male.

Q: If I use the bus very often, are there special discounts for me?

A:  Usually when you are using the bus or any other type of public transport very often for your transportation, many promotional offers are available. For that situation, it is best to just buy some sort of a weekly or monthly pass so that you are saving money because that is your mainstream of transport. Ask around for other promotional offers as well to make it more affordable to travel using the many public transport options available.

Q: What is the best way to find used cars?

A: There are many places you can look for used cars, and more often than not, you will find them by chance, rather than searching for them. A good place to look is Craigslist as people in your area will post about cars that they are selling. This is great because you can deal locally and not have to go too far for the car. Just watch out for scams. Another option is reading the newspaper in the classifieds section. You will probably find some good (maybe salvaged) cars there as well. And lastly, you can always go to the dealers and ask for a used car with discounts.

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