Buying Your First Car
At Driver’s Auto Mart, our Miami area used car dealer, we know the importance of planning and preparation when shopping for a new car. There are plenty of factors to keep in mind when purchasing a car for the first time, especially since your first car-buying experience is often filled with uncertainty. We’re here to help eliminate this component of the equation. At our used car dealership, we’ll be with you every step of the way to ensure that your experience is more than exceptional. We always put our customers first. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when purchasing your first car.
On the Hunt for the One
Establish a realistic budget.
Usually, this number is based on what you can afford per month. Ideally, you’d like to pay cash, but in most instances when considering a newer car, the transaction often requires financing. Calculate your vital costs of living like your home, food, insurance, etc.; once those numbers have been secured, the remainder can be spent on a payment, fuel, and car insurance. Start from this number to get a good idea of where your finances lie.
Establish your transportation needs.
We know. There’s tons of “establishing” that must occur when entering into the car-buying process. But think for a moment about what purpose your vehicle will serve. Will you be commuting hours upon hours on a weekly basis? Will you be the town “taxi” for soccer practice? Or will you be using your vehicle as your work truck for your construction business? Figure out what purpose your vehicle will serve and start your search from there.
Identify and prioritize your wants and needs.
Though it may be difficult, you need to separate the things you absolutely cannot survive without and the things you want. Is it really necessary for you to opt for the fully loaded SUV or will a fuel efficient sedan suffice? Figure out what it is that you need and what you want. Believe it or not, there’s a difference.
Do your research.
Get an idea of what you might be looking for and then head over to our lot and get ready to start test driving. Don’t forget to ask plenty of questions. Our sales staff has an abundance of knowledge on the vehicles that are housed on our lot.
Test drives are crucial in the car-buying process.
Absolutely nothing should be more important in your decision process than how you feel while behind the wheel. So many variables come into play after getting behind the wheel: seat height, wheel adjustment, steering feel, visibility, control panel layout, and so many other factors. Be sure to spend more than five minutes in the car to actually get a good feel. A half hour should be perfect.
Secure financing, or know your options.
Once you’ve decided what you like and have established an affordable price, it’s time to figure out how you’ll pay for your car. Our finance professionals can help you find the right bank and get you a great rate on an auto loan.
Lastly, enjoy your new ride!
For more information about tips for first time car buyers, drop into our used car dealer serving Miami. At Driver’s Auto Mart, we’re always here to help! Contact us at .