Can you tell me how to get a car when I'm broke?
I lost my job during the pandemic and I don't have a lot of money, but I need a car to get back out and find a job. How do I get a car when I'm broke?
Matthew Macgugan · Answered on Nov 02, 2021
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
I admire your perseverance! Getting a car when you’re broke is totally possible if you’re willing to make a few compromises.
First, you have to be open to looking at all options. A car may not be the thing you need most. Many larger cities offer public transportation or vanpool services that can cost much less than vehicle expenses. Be sure to look into every option before heading down the path of a car.
My next piece of advice is to not be too picky. Don’t splurge for a car with unnecessary features that you likely won’t use. Chances are you just like the idea of having a panoramic sunroof. It’s best to do research and find a reliable vehicle with just enough features to allow you to be comfortable on your commute.
But the best thing you could do now is save money for a down payment and create a small budget for vehicle expenses down the line. The best way to save money on car costs is to download the Jerry app, which generates quotes from top insurance providers so you can save big on your monthly premium. It only takes a few minutes!
Enjoy car shopping!
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