Do's and Don’ts of Car Buying | Savannah GA | Statesboro & Bluffton

The Do's and Don'ts of Car Buying

When you’re looking for a new vehicle, it can be easy to get caught up in the things that don’t really matter, like the size of the wheels or the new car smell. However, it’s important to remain grounded and keep in mind what you really need out of a car. Here at Chatham Parkway Lexus, our goal is to keep our customers informed, so keep reading to make sure you don’t make the common mistakes and not get the car that best fits your lifestyle.

1. Do Know Your Needs

In order to find the perfect vehicle for you, you should begin by selecting the type of vehicle that best suits your lifestyle; convertible, minivan, sedan, coupe, compact car, etc.

2. Do Research

Once you've settled on the type of vehicle you want, make a list of what's important to you. Research various models and makes that give you all the amenities and features that you want.

3. Do Know How Much You Can Afford

Creating a budget can be the hardest part. You may have found the vehicle that fits you perfectly, but finding one that you can afford can be difficult. When purchasing a new vehicle, it's best to put about 20 percent down, limit the term to no more than 60 months and keep your monthly payment below 10 percent of your income. Plus, you'll want to make sure you consider the cost of maintenance. Some cars cost more than others.

4. Don't Trade In A Car That's Worth Less Than You Owe On It

Negative equity can be a burden. The balance of your old loan may be consolidated into the new car's loan amount, meaning you could be paying the debt of two cars in one, big loan. Get ahead by researching what your trade may be worth.

5. Don't Rush Your Test-Drive

Take your time with the test-drive to make sure you actually enjoy the car instead of just enjoying the feeling of a new car. Ask questions, play with the various features and look around the vehicle. Make sure the car has enough space for everything you need.

Interested in purchasing or leasing a new vehicle? Come visit us at 1120 Chatham Parkway, Savannah, GA 31405. We look forward to serving our customers from Savannah, GA, as well as those from Statesboro and Bluffton.

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