05/13/2013 11:47 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

What You Need To Know When Buying A Car, From Lauren Fix (VIDEO)

If you're in the market for a new car, Lauren Fix, The Car Coach®, has some great tips that she shared when she joined me on this episode of Mondays With Marlo.

First, it's imperative that you do your homework: what kind of car do you need? Is an SUV appropriate for you and your family, or are you looking for a smaller, sportier car? Once you narrow down the type of car, websites like True Car will help you assess the true cost of owning the car, including insurance, gas and maintenance costs.

The next step is test driving a few cars in person to get a true feel for how the car runs. Watch out for salespeople when you go -- they're sure to ask you whether you'll be leasing or buying and how much you want to spend. Lauren advises that you give a polite "I'm not sure yet, I'm looking for the right fit," instead of answering. That way, you won't be pigeonholed into a particular make or model. Take your time when testing out the car -- look for things like seat adjustments and blind spots as you search for your perfect car.

Click here for the full interview.

For more tips on all things auto-related, see Lauren Fix's car and driving tips:

Lauren Fix's 10 Favorite Car Tips

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