NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- Auto dealership and online vehicle sites are humming with activity as the new 2016 car, truck and SUV models roll out onto showroom floors.
Americans love their wheels, and with the economy on the uptick, they wouldn't mind taking a test drive or two and cut a check for a new '16 vehicle. That doesn't mean they love the car buying process, however.
In an email this week to MainStreet, Capital One reports that 98% of U.S. adults "find some aspect of the car buying process difficult." And 41% say the most difficult aspect is "feeling confident they got the best deal."
If you're buying a new vehicle this year, but fall into that "98% category of confused, unsatisfied auto buyers," actually having a good game plan ahead of any purchase is really where the rubber meets the road.
"I've bought several new cars, and my husband actually used to be a new car salesman, so I know a lot about buying a new car," says Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, founder of the personal finance blog MakingSenseofCents.com. "My top tip when buying a new car is to have a set budget before you head into a dealership and before you start shopping online.