Another major purchase most couples make is buying an automobile. Before making the decision on which vehicle to purchase it is wise for the buyers to consider their needs (what the vehicle will be used for) and desires (options they would prefer). With the high price tags of many new automobiles, it is imperative for a couple to calculate what they can afford in their budget. Once a dollar amount is set, the couple can begin their search for a new vehicle. The consumers should shop around, test drive and compare features, prices, comfort, maintenance and safety ratings. Another major factor to consider is the fuel rating (m.p.g.). With today’s high energy prices, hundreds of dollars in gas may be saved per year by choosing a more fuel-efficient vehicle. A great resource to find out m.p.g. ratings and other useful information about cars is fueleconomy.gov.