There are plenty of things you can do wrong when shopping for a new or used vehicle. While lots of people have their own tidbits of advice on how to go through the process and get the best deal possible, some of this advice doesn’t actually work in the real world.

Car buying isn’t as difficult as some people make it out to be. There are a few simple things to keep in mind the next time you’re shopping for a vehicle. Here are some do’s and don’ts that can help you easily get through the process:

1. Do figure out what your budget is and how much you can afford to spend on a vehicle

Don’t look at a bunch of vehicles that are way out of your price range

2. Do be upfront about whether you’re interested in buying or just looking

Don’t spend hours at the dealership if you’re months or years away from a purchase

3. Do be flexible about what vehicle you’re willing to buy based on what’s available

Don’t stubbornly refuse a great deal because it doesn’t have the tires you want

4. Do take the car for a test drive to make sure you enjoy driving it

Don’t skip the test drive and just assume that you feel comfortable driving it

5. Do remember that you’ll need to switch your insurance and register your new vehicle

Don’t worry too much about the paperwork, the dealership can point you in the right direction

6. Do be polite to the salesperson and staff at the dealership to get a better deal

Don’t try to muscle your way into a discount by berating and badgering the staff

7. Do take a great deal if it’s presented to you

Don’t assume that a car or a great offer will still be there next week or even the next day

8. Do buy a vehicle that you really want to buy, since you’ll be paying for it with your hard-earned money

Don’t buy something you’re not happy with just to save a few bucks a month

9. Do look for a vehicle that suits your needs and daily driving conditions

Don’t buy a two-seater sports car if you have a family of 6

10. Do work with somebody trustworthy and reliable to find the right car

Don’t forget to call me for all of your automotive-related needs