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Application of Decision Making in Car Purchase

A smarter way to select which car to buy ; Fit For Your Needs

You've been dreaming of owning a car for a long time, and now you finally have the money. You wake up early one morning feeling grateful and excited, and you start browsing for cars online. Your brain and hormones are on high alert, and you can't help but think:

"Where are you my precious? Come to me my precious car" – Mr. Feeling Excited

But as you browse, you start to feel overwhelmed. There are so many options, and they all look great! You spend hours comparing features and prices, but you still can't make a decision. You're starting to feel lost and afraid of making the wrong choice. After all, a car is a big investment, and you don't want to regret your decision later.

Don't worry, you're not alone. Many people feel the same way when they're buying a car. But there's a solution: use a mindmap and decision matrix.

Using combination of mindmap and decision matrix can help you make a more rational decision about buying a car. It can also help you avoid making a decision based on emotion or impulse (many people fall into this traps).

"Buying a car based on emotion is like getting married in Vegas. It might feel great at the time, but you'll regret it in the morning." - Suze Orman

So, if you're feeling overwhelmed by the car buying process, give this academia-wannabe technique a try. It could be the tool you need to make the best decision for you, might take some time but it might save your wallet in the long run.

What is Mind Map and is it really works for buying car?

A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. It is a powerful tool for brainstorming, and decision-making. When buying a car, a mind map can be used to:

  • Identify your WHY (needs vs. wants), the background. Pinpointing your purpose that will steer you towards the features you truly desire. Let your 'WHY' guide you. Be honest on WHY you NEED it, not why you want it.

  • Chart your financial situation. it can help you to being honest about your affordability (income vs. price).

  • Craft your car criteria, What are the features that are most important to you in a car? How it looks, how big/compact is it (size), fuel economy, do you have enough space for your car in your place?

  • Visualize your vrooom. Split your mind map into 'Pros' and 'Cons'. Dream about the joyrides and the pride of owning that particular model under 'Pros'. But also, be real. Consider potential drawbacks under 'Cons'. It comes with consequences starting tomorrow and beyond.

"Mind maps are a powerful tool for organizing information and making decisions." - Tony Buzan, creator of mindmaps.

What is Decision Matrix and how it's going to help me?

A decision matrix is a tool that can help you compare different options and make a more informed decision. It works by:

  1. Identifying the criteria that are important to you. What are the factors that you need to consider when making your decision? For example, you might consider the price, fuel efficiency, safety, and features of the different options.

  2. Rating each option on each criterion. Give each option a score from 1 to 5, with 1 being the lowest score and 5 being the highest score. The score should reflect how important the criterion is to you and how well the option meets your needs.

  3. Calculating the total score for each option. Add up the scores for each option to get its total score. The option with the highest total score is the one that's the best fit for you.

decision matrix is a tool that can be used to compare different options and make a more informed decision.

Wrapping Up the Journey

By now, you've journeyed through the winding roads of car-buying decisions, armed with the power of mind mapping and the precision of a decision matrix. It's quite the adventure, isn't it? Remember, every car has a story, and every driver has a dream. As you turn the key and rev up the engine of your next chapter, know that these tools didn't just help you find a car; they helped you find your car. Safe travels, and may every drive feel like the open road of possibilities. Cheers to the adventures ahead!

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