What's the real price of buying a car?

I'm buying my first car and I don't really know what I'm doing. I know the car's final price will ultimately include sales tax and insurance, but is there anything else that I should budget for?

Answer provided by
Eric Schad
Answered on Apr 13, 2021
“Even if you negotiate a great price for your vehicle, don’t forget about the other fees that you’ll undoubtedly pay on your new car. These include:
Vehicle registration fees (varies by state): This is the cost to register your car with the state and get new license plates.
Dealer documentation fee: This is a fee levied by the dealer to cover administrative costs associated with the purchase of a vehicle. Typically this ranges from about $400 to $1,000, but remember, you may be able to negotiate this fee.
Advertising fee: This is a fee that a dealer passes on to consumers for advertising costs required by the automaker. It’s becoming less common, but with a price tag of $200 to $500, you should definitely look for it on your final bill. “

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