The best moves you can make when buying a new car

The best moves you can make when buying a new carThose who are in poor financial standing may have a difficult time securing a car loan, although a bad credit auto loan is a good option. However, CNN recently published a list of the best money moves that consumers can make, including several related to car shopping.

With the rising cost of gas, opting for a car that "sips fuel" is a smart decision. The best compact vehicle the source recommends is the Chevy Cruze Eco, which has an $18,000 price tag, but offers up to 42 miles per gallon.

As for a mid-size vehicle, the Hyundai Sonata runs as low as $19,000 and receives up to 35 miles per gallon, while the hybrid Toyota Prius model has an impressive fuel economy of 51 city and 48 highway miles per gallon. The latter vehicle costs anywhere between $22,000 and $28,000.

While purchasing an eco-friendly auto is a big investment, make sure to avoid adding pricey bells and whistles to the cost, like a GPS, which can add upwards of $450 to your bill. Portable navigation systems cost much less, especially ones you are able to download and use on a mountable iPhone.