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 About to go car shopping? Lessen buyer’s anxiety with Cars.com. Buying a car is one of those nearly inevitable life events — unless you live in a major metropolitan area and can get away with using public transportation. I’ve been lucky to receive family hand-me-down vehicles, but now that I’ve reached full adulthood, my time to make this big purchase is approaching.

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Me and my husband each have a car and both odometers are creeping into a concerning six-digit range. It’s become an unspoken contest to see whose car bites the dust first. Hopefully it’s mine, since my car is the family car — a 10-year-old minivan that serves for carting around my two- and four-year-old children. It has a touch more importance than his car.

We still have time (fingers crossed), but I’m going to use this time to my advantage by doing some research because buying a car, whether used or new, gives me great anxiety. It’s a huge decision and with the proper care and maintenance, it’s a purchase that I’ll hopefully have for a decade and change. Information is the cornerstone of making a decision that won’t leave you with buyer’s remorse or even doubt.

Whether you’re a car-buying novice like me, or you’ve been down the block a time or two, Cars.com is an excellent resource for doing some pre-purchase homework.

I can search for new and used cars for sale, use their price comparison tool to make sure I’m not getting ripped off, and I can read reviews on different makes and models. Cars.com gives you the tools and knowledge you need so that when it comes to buy, you’re informed. You know the mileage of the car, its market value and how it holds up to wear and tear.

Another great aspect of Cars.com is being able to see which vehicle is best for car seats. Since both of my kids will be in some form of car seat for the next 3-5 years, this is a great safety bonus.

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So take your time, make an informed decision and use Cars.com to help you along the way.