First Time Car Buyer
Buying a car is one of the most important financial decisions you’ll ever make. That decision gets even bigger when you’ve never done it before. But here’s the good news: we’ve put everything you need right here. You’ll find answers to all your questions, as well as helpful tips to make your vehicle purchase a smooth experience. Our goal is to get you into the vehicle, and finance option that’s right for you.
Helpful advice for First Time Buyers
Make a list of your vehicle needs and wants.
- How many people, and how much stuff do you need to fit into your vehicle?
- Do you need to tow anything?
- Which safety features are a “must have”?
- What are your fuel mileage needs?
- How much will insurance be?
- Do you need/want an upgraded engine?
- Do you want leather seats, an upgraded stereo or navigation system?
- What other luxury features are important to you?
We know being a first time car buyer can be challenging, and there are a lot of big decisions along the way, but Larry H Miller Used Car Supermarket is here to help and we have come up with some tips to help with the process.
Establish a Realistic Budget
This amount is generally based on what you can afford per month. In most instances when considering a vehicle, the nature of the transaction often requires the leverage of financing. So, look at your cost of living in all the more important areas, like rent or a mortgage, food cost, and health insurance. Once you have calculated your cost of living, the remainder could be spent on a car payment, fuel, car insurance and for cars without a warranty, mechanical maintenance.
Take a test drive
With all of the online sources available for your basic research, we believe the importance of the test drive has been marginalized. Virtually nothing is more important in your decision process than how you feel behind the wheel. And so many variables come into play – seat height, wheel adjustment, steering feel, throttle tip-in, outward visibility, control layout, etc. – that you simply must spend a reasonable amount of time driving the car. And that time should be more than five minutes on someone’s idea of a stop-and-go test route. Take at least half an hour, while trying stop-and-go, freeway merging and freeway speeds. Talk to any of our friendly sales professionals here at Larry H Miller Used Car Supermarket and they can set up a time with you so you can get to know the vehicle you are looking at.
Financing you vehicle will be the next step in the process. The great news is with a name like Larry H Miller we have strong relationships built with banks and finance institutions to get you the most competitive auto loan possible, and our on site credit specialist will help walk you though the whole process and get you into the perfect loan that fists your needs and budget.
Enjoy the process
We know, the above advice makes buying a car seem like an ordeal, but with our friendly and knowledgeable staff, low financing rates, and literally thousands of great cars to choose from, your options have never been better, and car ownership never more rewarding. Take your time in the process, and you’ll be delighted with the outcome.