Buying a new car is an exciting experience whether you’re doing it for the first time or have done it several times before. As it can be a big investment, you’ll want to make sure that the car you choose is going to meet your needs. If you have a family you may be concerned with access and seating. If you’re single you might be more interested in looks and performance. But whatever type of driver you are, with the costs of motoring today you’ll be concerned with how much you will have to pay to buy the car and what it will cost you to run.Before we look at purchase prices and running costs in more detail, enjoy the new car buying experience by reading reviews in the motoring press and on dedicated car websites. If any of your friends or family owns the make and model of car that you’re interested in buying, ask them about their experiences of ownership.Car reviewers usually summarise the pros and cons of the vehicles they review and give you plenty of good ideas to help you make up your mind. But if fuel consumption is your main concern, then you’ll need to take time to compare mileage ratings to identify vehicles that fall into your price bracket.At this point most advisers will tell you to look around to see if there are any deals are being advertised for the make and model of car you have decided to purchase. Well, although there may be a few, as a member of the military you can usually qualify for a special deal that will beat these comfortably whether you are based overseas and are eligible for a tax-free car purchase, or based in the UK.Looking at the total cost of ownership of a new car, financing and insuring the car can be a problem if you are a member of the military, especially if you are living on a military base or are not on the voters role. However, while this used to be a difficulty, there are finance packages available nowadays from firms that understand the military lifestyle. This even extends to insurance deals that provide laid up cover while you are on tour. If you are based out of the UK, it is even possible to have your No Claims Discount transferred between the UK and Germany and Cyprus.Together, these benefits really do make buying a new car if you are in the military an enjoyable and stress-free experience.