Do's and Don'ts of Buying a New Car | Albertville AL | Serving Huntsville & Guntersville

The Do's and Don'ts of Car Buying

So you've decided it's time to buy a new car? The journey is often an exciting one, especially when it comes to learning about the different options you have for different styles and features. However, these differences can sometimes be confusing and make the process more difficult.

That's why we've assembled the checklist for you below. While buying a new vehicle can be complicated, it doesn't have to be! Follow these steps to help keep your journey the rewarding and exciting one it was meant to be!

1. Do Know Your Needs

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

2. Do Research

Once you've decided 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 in your price range 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? If you've read this far, you must be ready! We've got a large variety for you to choose from, so come visit us at Sand Mountain Toyota 9167 US Highway 431, Albertville, AL 35950 for a test-drive. We proudly serve customers from Huntsville and Guntersville!

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