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I am a first time car buyer. I am looking for an all wheel drive car. What cars are best for me? Also, what should I do to prepare for looking at cars?

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Gina Malmstead, Regional Sales Manager at AskPatty.com, Inc. You should take a look at the Ford Edge AWD and the Dodge Journey AWD.

Breanne Boyle, Contributing Editor at AskPatty.com Felicia, It's difficult to say what car is best for you because everyone has individual needs. I would encourage you to test drive, test drive, test drive! Get out there and try all of them out to see what you prefer. Check out these reviews on all-wheel drive cars: http://editorial.autos.msn.com/listarticle.aspx?cp-documentid=910418 I would read the reviews, look at your budget and narrow down into your budget bracket, test drive and try out those vehicles, and go from there.

Georgia Brown, Director of Education at National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) Felicia, Since you are a first time car buyer, I would like to suggest a video you can view via the education link on our website: www.niada.com It is titled: "How to Buy a Car in 8 Steps". We developed it for high school students, but it great for anyone buying a car for the first time. Some of the information is especially helpful for those considering a used car, but it is good info for anyone shopping for a car. Georgia Brown Director of Education NIADA

Karen Salvaggio, Owner/ Editor Thunder Valley Racing and Professional Race Car Driver at Thunder Valley Racing Hi Felicia, There are a number of all-wheel drive cars on the market from which to pick. Ultimately, you will want to consider choosing "with the end in mind." Here are some things to consider: 1. What will be the primary purpose for the car (commuter, taking children to and from school, etc?) 2. Do you have cash to put down; Will you be finanacing; What (if any) car payment can your current budget sustain? Different manufacturers offer many different programs/options. 3. Maintenance and upkeep...Will you need new (full warranty), or will you be looking for used and are able to do some of the upkeep? Good luck with your decision! Karen Salvaggio

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