Whenever you are making a big money purchase, do your research. A car is one of the big money buys, where a multitude of research is available. You can do research on vehicle quality and on the individual car. If you are buying a used car, get the CarFax report and take the car to an independent mechanic prior to purchase (or as a condition of). Ensuring that you are spending your money on a quality vehicle is extremely important to saving money.