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It’s exciting to picture yourself in a new (or new-to-you) car. Before you drive off the lot in your dream car, there are many factors to consider, such as your budget, credit score and what type of car is best for your needs.

Last year was a record-breaking year for used auto sales, with more than 40 million used vehicles sold in the U.S., according to Edmunds.com. If you’re trying to figure out what to look for when buying a used car, we’re here to help.

Advantages of Used Cars

The advantage of buying a used car over a new car is the amount of money you can save on a car model that’s a few years old. The average price for a used sedan is $15,800 compared with the $25,000 cost for a new sedan, which is a significant difference if you’re buying your first car or are on a tight budget.

Purchasing Used Instead of New

Considerations to keep in mind when you’re deciding between a new-vs.-used-vehicle purchase includes cost, warranty, vehicle history, safety, depreciation and comfort.

Chris Abrams, the founder of Abrams Insurance Solutions, an independent insurance and financial services company, said cars depreciate the moment you drive one off the lot.

“Since it’s such a large purchase, it’s a good idea to buy a late-model used car. You can avoid the massive depreciation that comes with a used car, and the expensive repairs that come with older vehicles,” Abrams said. “Late-model used cars offer the best bang for your buck.”

Reasons for Purchasing Used vs. New


Used Cars

  • Used cars tend to be more affordable because of depreciation, which a new car would experience as soon as it leaves the car lot.
  • You can get more car for the money.
  • Cheaper car insurance and registration fees.
  • Buying anything used, including a car, is better for the environment than purchasing new items.

New Cars

  • You can find better interest rates — especially now. The historically low interest rates that have led to a refinance housing boom are also in effect for auto financing.
  • New cars are highly customizable. If you have a particular color in mind, a new car might be a better option.
  • A warranty is included, and new cars don’t require as much maintenance at first.

Timing the Market

Auto salespeople typically have quotas they have to meet by month’s end, the end of the quarter and the end of the year. COVID-19 has slightly altered the market as some consumers feel more confident purchasing used cars rather than new ones due to the unsettled financial times. Monitor the prices locally and on car-buying sites, such as AutoTrader, Carvana, eBay and Consumer Reports’ Used Car Marketplace.

Start Your Buying Process

Start Your Buying Process

Once you’ve decided to purchase a used car rather than a new car, you’ll want to start mapping out your plan. First, consider your needs for the vehicle. Are you planning to commute only, or use the vehicle for recreational road trips, or both? How big is your family? Do you anticipate having a larger family in the next few years? Make sure you set a budget and consider additional costs of the car, such as auto insurance, future repair costs and registration fees.

Set a Budget

Setting a budget for your car purchase is a necessary step in beginning your buying process. It’s easy to get carried away when you visit a car lot, so make sure to plan before seeing any vehicles in person.

A good rule of thumb is to figure out how much you want to pay per year on a car payment and then divide it into a monthly payment — this figure should represent around 10-15% of your gross annual income.

You’ll also want to figure out if you need to take out a loan to pay for the car or if you have the money to pay cash. Keep in mind that you want to have an emergency fund of three to six months of your income in case of a sudden job loss.

Finally, make sure to consider the additional expenses of repairs, tax, title, registration and monthly auto insurance rates.

Determine the Purpose of Your Car and Features You Value

Start crafting your wish list of must-haves and nice-to-haves in the car. Consider getting a safe and small car for teenagers. They tend to be easier to navigate on the road than large vehicles such as trucks and vans. A sedan would be a great choice as a commuter car. Those looking to grow their family to three or more children might want to consider a van or SUV with two rows of seating.

Additionally, keep in mind special considerations such as the size of the garage where you store your vehicle or whether you’ll have to parallel park regularly — small cars can be easier to park.

Research the Market for Your Used Vehicle

Once you have a target type of vehicle in mind, start listing the vehicles you’ll potentially buy. Then research the price range for each make and model. Kelley Blue Book is the market leader in pricing determination for used cars. Search for the makes and models of the vehicles you like and consider additional factors like the year, features and the cars' condition.

Finally, make sure to get financing lined up before you head to the dealership. You can do this by getting pre-approved from your bank or credit union. The dealership could offer you a better interest rate, but having a pre-approval gives you additional flexibility and purchasing power.

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Look for a vehicle in your price range and has good consumer and expert reviews from a trusted website like Kelley Blue Book or Consumer Reports. Having a comprehensive understanding of your budget, current and future needs and the market landscape will help you make the best decision for your family.

Also, try to anticipate unexpected costs. For example, if you live in a snowy region with mountains, you’d want to consider an all-wheel-drive vehicle. Keep in mind that vehicles like SUVs tend to be more expensive, and you should replace all tires of your all-wheel-drive vehicle at the same time. Luxury vehicles require premium fuel and synthetic, higher-cost oil changes.

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Generally, the lower the mileage on the car, the longer you can expect to drive it. It depends on how the previous owner maintained the car and the vehicle’s condition and age. Take into account all the factors together when considering a vehicle purchase. A newer car could be a better option with a little higher mileage, especially if the previous owner barely drove the older car you are looking to purchase. Cars typically need regular driving to maintain the various drivetrain components.

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Purchasing an extended warranty offers the best of both worlds when it comes to car shopping because you get the warranty that typically only comes with new cars and the lower price of a used car.

According to Kelley Blue Book, certified pre-owned (CPO) cars may be the way to go since these cars go “through rigorous examination by a dealership and must meet certain parameters such as mileage, age and condition.” They also have warranties that could be better than a new vehicle, as they are serviced, detailed and checked to make sure they perform similar to a new car.

What is the cheapest way to buy a used car?This is an icon

The cheapest way to buy a used car is typically through a private-party seller. But the cheapest route may not be the best option. If you’re buying from a private-party seller, you’ll want to inquire about maintenance records, the title and any liens against the vehicle. You’ll also want to get the vehicle checked out by your mechanic.

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According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), used cars sold at dealerships must disclose whether the car is being sold as-is without a warranty or with a warranty. Certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles are likely your best bet as they’ve been serviced and detailed, and they are backed by a warranty.

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It may be a little more expensive to buy from a dealership than purchasing from an independent seller. But there may be less risk associated with the sale. You’ll also likely be able to purchase an extended warranty from a dealership. Do some research and consider what you’re looking for in your next car to make the best decision for you and your budget.

Best Places to Purchase a Used Car

Car-buying sites such as CarMax, CARFAX, Carvana and eBay Motors are the best bets for purchasing used cars online. If you have a lower budget and higher risk tolerance, online classifieds such as Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace offer private-party autos for sale in your area.

  • CarMax: CarMax offers a seven-day money-back guarantee and covers all major systems for 90 days or 4,000 miles.
  • CARFAX: CARFAX offers millions of used cars, and each comes with a free vehicle history report so you can see any vehicle accidents, recalls and the car’s maintenance history.
  • Carvana: Carvana’s online inventory includes more than 29,000 vehicles, which you can have shipped to you for a $599 fee, or the company can pick you up at a Carvana vending machine.
  • Craigslist: Craigslist has online classified ads. You can search based on your location, and then look under the “for sale” section and then click the “cars + trucks” category.
  • eBay Motors: eBay’s car-buying service allows you to customize your vehicle search with new, used, classic and certified pre-owned (CPO) filters so you can find available cars on the market.
  • Facebook Marketplace: Facebook Marketplace shows you local cars for sale in your area and lets you filter by local pickup or shipping and new or used within a customized radius and price range.

Buying From Independent Sellers

Buying From Independent Sellers

Purchasing a vehicle from a private seller is different from buying from a dealer. Private sellers are not covered by the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Used Car Rule. Additionally, any manufacturer’s warranty or service contract might not be transferable. If you’re ready to see the car, make sure to meet the seller in a public place during the daytime.

Ask the seller why it’s being sold and if there are any issues with the car. You’ll want to ask to see all maintenance records and manuals, as well as the title and any warranties. Make sure to communicate to the seller you want your mechanic to do a full inspection of the vehicle before purchasing it. Then arrange that appointment beforehand.

Before handing any money over, you’ll need to execute a bill of sale and secure the vehicle’s title and registration (also double-check important information, such as the Vehicle Identification Number or VIN).

Be Aware of Used Car Scams

As with purchasing anything on the internet or meeting people for the first time, scammers can be everywhere. Never send money online (via wire transfer, PayPal, Venmo or prepaid gift cards) to “hold” a vehicle. People can alter photos, so you’ll want to see and test drive the car before any money changes hands. A seller who won’t let you test drive the car or have a mechanic check out the vehicle probably isn’t legitimate. And, always keep your personal security at the forefront: Don’t give out personal details and never meet a seller at your home.

Request a Vehicle History Report

There are a few vehicle reports you’ll want to figure out if the vehicle has been subject to a recall. If the car needs to be recalled, you can call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

Next, get a review of the vehicle using the Department of Justice’s National Motor Vehicle Title Information System, which gives potential buyers information about a vehicle’s title, odometer data and damage history. You can also check for flood damage through the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s free database using the car’s VIN. AutoCheck also offers vehicle history reports through a search by VIN or license plate number.

Meeting Your Future Car

Meeting Your Future Car

Now comes the fun part: Meeting your future prospective car. Bring a car-smart friend with you to meet the seller and check out the car you’re interested in buying. You’ll want to get the car inspected by a trusted mechanic and go for a test drive before you finalize your purchase.

How to Inspect the Car

An auto mechanic you trust should do a full inspection of the vehicle you’re looking to buy if you’re not purchasing a CPO vehicle. Similar to doing a house inspection before you buy a home, a vehicle inspection is a vital part of the car-buying process — don’t skip this step.

  • Batteries: Check voltage, security battery connections and do a charge/discharge load test.
  • Belts: Inspect the belts for any wear and tear.
  • Brakes: Evaluate wear on brake pads, drum and rotors. Check the brake fluid level as well.
  • Engine: A mechanic should examine the engine for leaks and damage and do a thorough maintenance check.
  • Exterior: Inspect the vehicle’s entire exterior for damages.
  • Exhaust System: A mechanic should examine the exhaust manifold, catalytic converter, tailpipe(s) and muffler.
  • Fluid Levels: Check oil, coolant and washer fluid levels.
  • Hoses: A mechanic can check hoses to make sure they’re secure without leaking.
  • Safety Lights: Inspect all lights and turn signals to make sure they are in working order.
  • Steering and Suspension: A mechanic should examine the power-steering belt, fluid level and pump, and check for any leaks.
  • Tires: Inspect tire tread and ask about the rotation history. It might help if you considered rotating the tires every time the oil is changed.
  • Windshield Wipers: Look at the windshield, wipers and wiper blades to ensure everything is intact and functioning properly.

Ask for a Test Drive

After you inspected the car and it’s to your liking, you can get ready to go on a test drive. Remain level-headed and keep in mind that this is a big decision. Before you even pull out of the lot, you want to test the vehicle’s comfort when you’re in the driver’s seat. Are there any blind spots in your field of vision? Are you the proper height for the seat?

Here are three tips on what to watch for during your test drive.


Steering, handling and braking

Make sure the steering and handling feel OK. The car shouldn’t drift or vibrate while you’re driving it, and the brakes shouldn’t vibrate or squeal.


Don’t buy the car the day you test drive it

Once you’re in the car, it’s easy to get carried away. It’s a good idea to take some time to think about your future purchase and discuss it with friends and family.


Test the acceleration

Consumer Reports says to try a quick acceleration because “if the engine has to scream to get you up to highway speed, look elsewhere.”

Negotiating the Price

Now that you’ve had the vehicle inspected and you’ve given it a test drive, it’s time to consider the price negotiation with the seller. Since you have a good idea of the car’s value after researching the price through Kelley Blue Book, make sure you’re talking apples to apples with the dealership or seller by speaking to the overall price rather than a monthly payment. You don’t want to lowball the seller, but you also don’t want to overpay.

Here are six tips to help you negotiate the best deal for your future car.


Get pre-approved

Having a loan pre-approval from your bank or credit union will give you more negotiating power at the dealership. Make sure to understand what annual percentage rate (APR) various institutions are offering.


Understand your budget

Stick firm to your budget and don’t let the salesperson talk you into additional features you don’t need or into a higher-priced model than you can afford.


Know the vehicle’s value

Based on your Kelley Blue Book research, you’ll have a good baseline understanding of what the car is worth, and the price should fit into that range appropriately.


Treat a trade-in as a separate deal or sell it elsewhere

Treat your trade-in as a separate transaction so you can ensure you’re working within your budget and the salesperson isn’t asking for more than they should on the car.


Understand what you want

Be transparent about what you want and your budget.


Know the MSRP

Understanding the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price puts you in a better position to negotiate as it’s the starting point for negotiations.

You might still have some questions regarding auto purchase negotiations. Take a look at these frequently asked questions before you settle on a price with your seller or dealership representative.  

How much will a dealership come down on the price of a used car?This is an icon

Consider the time of year, as you’ll get the best deals at the end of a quarter or year. Think of the negotiation as several rounds of offers and counteroffers. If you prefer to bargain for your car, you can end up with a much better deal than you would have otherwise. If you’re paying cash, you can ask for an “out-the-door” price.

What do I need to know when buying a used car from a dealer?This is an icon

Make sure to read the fine print and review any line items in your contract in case the dealer tried to tack on additional items to the price that you didn’t agree to, such as a service contract or extended warranty. Give your business to the dealer who treats you well and offers a good deal.

What should I do if the vehicle is not what was advertised?This is an icon

Walk away. If the seller or dealership is lying, it’s in bad faith, and you should take your business elsewhere.

Close the Deal

Once you and the seller have decided on the final vehicle price, it’s time to close the deal. If you’re purchasing the vehicle from a private-party seller, you’ll need a bill of sale from your state’s DMV office that you and the seller both sign. The seller will also likely want you to surrender the license plates so he or she can cancel the registration.

It’s a little bit easier at a dealership as the salespeople handle much of the logistics there. But be warned: Sometimes, a dealership employee will try to tack on additional fees or service contracts that can add to the price of the vehicle, so make sure you understand what the cost of your vehicle includes. This is also the time to discuss financing and compare your pre-approval with the dealership’s financing rates.

If you’re financing, the FTC says to make sure you understand the exact price you’re paying for the vehicle, how much you’re financing, the finance charge, the APR, payment schedule and amount and the total sales price.

Next Steps After Your Car Purchase

An illustration of a young man washing the new used car he purchased.

Congratulations! Now, you’re the proud owner of a new used car. From here, you’ll have to take care of a few paperwork details, such as registration and insurance. If you purchased from a private seller, you’d want to take possession of the title and registration and check to make sure both are accurate.

If you purchased the vehicle from a dealership, your sales representative might be able to register the vehicle for you, but this varies from state to state. If you financed the vehicle, the title will be sent to you once you’ve paid the lien in full.

Car Insurance

The first step, and likely one you’ll need before securing registration, is to buy an auto policy or add the new vehicle to your existing policy. If you’re shopping for new insurance, make sure to get at least three quotes to compare which company offers the lowest rate for your particular insurance needs.

Running Into Car Problems After Purchase

If you run into problems following your purchase, follow the instructions you were given with the warranty or service contract. Try working with the dealership first, but if the vehicle is backed by a warranty, those are typically honored by the auto manufacturer. You can contact your local representative of the manufacturer.

If that doesn’t solve the problem, you can contact the Attorney General in your state or the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. The federal Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act also allows people to sue based on breach of service contracts or express or implied warranties.

Expert Thoughts on Purchasing a Used Car

MoneyGeek spoke with industry leaders about the most important considerations when purchasing a used car, from budgeting to car colors and beyond.

  1. How should you determine your budget for buying a car?

    The golden rule for determining your budget is to spend no more than 35% of your annual income on the car. Although that’s the generally accepted amount, I recommend sticking to 15–20% of your annual income. This allows you to be more frugal while still giving you some wiggle room for a nicer used car.

    There's no perfect formula for how much you can afford, but the short answer is that your car payment should not be more than 15% of your monthly take-home pay.

    Budget encompasses two aspects of the buying process: Knowing what you can afford and knowing a fair market value for a used car. Determining what you can afford based on salary, household expenses and current debt is beyond the scope of what we can answer here. However, do not make the mistake of calculating that you can “afford” a monthly payment, say, of $250/month, and then purchasing an overpriced used car with a finance rate of 12% over an 8-year loan! That’s not good budgeting.

    If you’re financing, don’t feel obligated to take the dealer’s deal. Shop around for the lowest interest rate, which is easy enough to do online. Generally, the longer the loan payments, the higher the interest rate. If you’re paying cash from savings, you cannot spend 100% of your lump sum on the car’s price. At a minimum, sales tax, registration fees and possibly higher insurance costs must be factored in. Always set aside some small amount for incidental and unexpected costs, which may crop up.

    When determining a used car’s fair value, you must do your research. Before you set foot in a dealership or meet with a seller, look at what makes, models and features are currently available online and get an idea of (the) average cost for different options and offerings. Sites like AutoTrader and Carvana are great resources for comparing similar models and becoming familiar with current prices. Determine ahead of time which features and options are must-haves and which you can live without. Once you've had a chance to familiarize yourself with the market and what you can expect to pay for what you want, stick to your pre-determined price range and don't allow yourself to be upsold.

    Knowing how much to spend on a car is all about self-reflection. Why are you buying the car? Is it to flaunt your wealth, or to get you from point A to point B? Once you've identified the "why" behind your decision, you can then consider some sound personal finance rules to help guide your decision-making process. We like to think about the 10% rule for how much you spend on a car, which (means) your monthly car expense should be no more than 10% of your gross (before taxes) income. This includes (your) car payment, insurance, maintenance, depreciation and more. If you stick to the 10% rule, you won't find yourself in a sticky financial situation.

  2. After determining your budget, what’s the next most important factor to consider when purchasing a car?

    After budgeting, reliability is the most important factor to consider — especially when you’re buying used. You don’t want to be looking for another car in a few years. Look for cars known for their durability, longevity and gas mileage.

    Check your insurance cost to stay within your budget.

    The next most important factor is considering how long you plan to keep the vehicle. In general, the newer the used car and the lower the mileage, the more likely the car has a good long life in front of it. But not everyone can afford a three-year-old used car with only 20,000 miles. If your budget can only allow you to look at older, higher-mileage vehicles, we again emphasize the importance of knowing the service and repair history. Some brands and models have historically been more reliable (and some less so), which is something you can research.

    If it’s within your budget, certified pre-owned (CPO) used cars offer the best value. A CPO car has met certain reconditioning standards and is backed by a vehicle manufacturer’s warranty. Whatever you can afford, you want to avoid a worst-case scenario where your used car requires replacing, and you still owe money to the bank for it.

    Every car buyer has different needs and wants out of their purchase. Once they have settled on a budget, many like to think about reliability, warranty length, and performance. During (your) self-assessment and self-reflection ... you'll want to hone in on which of these other criteria are most important to you.

  3. What are the most important scams to watch out for when purchasing a used car?

    Many prospective car buyers have been burned by the fake escrow scam. Scammers might post the car for a low price on a big-name website. Once a potential buyer takes the bait, they’ll make a claim that they’re located abroad and need you to pay shipping fees. They’ll request buyers to wire money or send them a money order. This is a common strategy on classified sites like Craigslist. A word of advice: if the deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

    Whether you are purchasing through a dealer or a private owner, the old saying “buyer beware” comes in to play. Title washing is common, where one car is sent to another state to avoid a flood-damaged or bad CARFAX report. (Scammers) get a new title and sell the car as a clean title.

    If a car dealer tells you they will pay off your trade even if you owe hundreds or thousands more than the car is worth, the dealer is being disingenuous. The (dealer) may pay off your loan, but the amount is rolled into your new payment, and you will owe more than the newer car is worth. Avoid this scam. If you have poor credit, dealers will charge you a higher percentage (rate) to finance the car.

    Scams can include fraudulent mileage records, hidden collision damage and even salvage titles (if the car was declared a total loss by an insurance company). Uncovering the true history of a used car is one of the best ways to avoid scams. For almost every vehicle built since 1981, a vehicle history report may be available. Firms like CARFAX, for a small fee, will sell such reports. Many honest dealers offer the CARFAX upfront at no charge. Whether a CARFAX report is available or not, ask the seller about the vehicle’s service and repair history, and certainly ask for supporting documentation. The more you can learn about a car’s history, the better you will be able to avoid a scam.

    While not necessarily scams, car buyers should be aware of some potential fees and unexpected add-on costs that might pop up, some of which can be waived or avoided. For instance, documentation fees are charged by dealers to cover the title and registration processing. Some states limit the max that dealers can charge. Check out your state's policy before you start shopping, so you know what to expect and help you spot any fees that seem too high.

    With used cars, warranties can be tricky to understand, and you may be asked to pay for additional coverage you don’t need. If the vehicle is still within the new car manufacturer’s warranty, that warranty is transferable to you as the new owner. If that's the case, you should carefully consider and compare any additional warranties the dealer might offer, including tire and wheel packages, drivetrain packages and other policies.

    We always recommend getting a pre-purchase inspection completed on any used vehicle you are thinking of purchasing. A few hundred dollars can provide a lot of peace of mind. That being said, there are a few scams you should be aware of before you buy a used car. Title washing, engine rollbacks and payment via Western Union (or other similar methods) are examples of scams you should be aware of to protect yourself against them.

  4. How do you research a vehicle’s history?

    The best way to research a vehicle’s history is to use the VIN. This unique identifier will allow you to pull a vehicle history report from sites like CARFAX, Autocheck or Vincheck. You’ll be able to see key details like the title history, maintenance history and value. You can also request this information from the dealership you’re working with.

    CARFAX or AutoCheck offers vehicle history reports. Keep in mind that not all vehicles are listed. If in doubt, pay $150 (approximately) to have a mechanic check the car out before making the purchase or offer.

    Any used car dealer or private seller should be forthcoming with vehicle history information. If they aren't, consider that a major red flag! However, you can also conduct some of this research on your own. A service like CARFAX can provide good vehicle history. You can also Google the vehicle identification number (VIN), which sometimes reveals information about a vehicle’s history.

    Researching a vehicle’s history is relatively simple. As a car buyer, you need to understand that no one vehicle history report is 100% accurate. For example, CARFAX, the industry-standard in vehicle history reports still doesn't capture all information about a vehicle. One trick we tell Your Auto Advocate members to use to get insight into a vehicle's history is to call your auto insurance company and ask them for the history they have on a specific VIN. Auto insurers have access to different databases and can sometimes shed light on vehicle issues you otherwise would not have been aware of.

  5. Are any particular car colors more or less expensive?

    Colorful paints like red, yellow and orange often come with an upcharge. That’s because these colors need pigment, making them more expensive for the car company. Neutral colors are typically cheaper since they don’t have pigment or flakes. Plus, these colors are more popular. They make it easier for people to trade them in. Since car dealerships can easily resell these cars in neutral colors, they make them more affordable.

    Odd colors like purple, orange and lime green are harder to sell, and dealers are more flexible on prices. More popular colors like silver, red and white are in higher demand.

    While most used car pricing is “color neutral,” some dealers may try to charge extra for special colors. Some vehicle manufacturers have offered “initial launch” or “special edition” colors to spruce up new car sales. (For) a used car, that doesn’t necessarily make the car worth more. If possible, compare asking prices for similar cars in popular colors versus special colors. If the special color is so important to you that you’re willing to pay a little extra for it, then budget it into your cost. Otherwise, negotiate the price down, or walk away if necessary.

    Yes! IseeCars.com did great research on vehicle color and what effect it has on selling price. Want the best deal? Buy a purple vehicle!

Chris Abrams
Chris AbramsFounder of Abrams Insurance Solutions
Lauren Fix
Lauren FixEditor In Chief of Car Coach Reports
Richard Reina
Richard ReinaProduct Training Director at CARiD.com
Zach Shefska
Zach ShefskaFounder and CEO at Your Auto Advocate

Resources for Used Car Buyers

There are many resources to help first-time used car buyers and even old pros who want to get a better deal than they’re accustomed to getting. Here are a few resources that can help.

About the Author


Laura Longero is an award-winning journalist who has 15 years of experience in the industry across content creation, writing and editing, communications and storytelling. She spends her free time wrangling her kids, reading and pinching pennies.