How to Buy a New Car Guide

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Are you on the hunt for the perfect new car for your commutes? The process should be enjoyable and stress-free. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or unsure where to start, don’t worry! Five Star Automotive Group is here with a comprehensive guide on how and when to buy a new car, so you can hit the streets with a smile. Let’s dive in!

Is it Time to Buy a New Car?

Determining the right time to buy a new car is essential. Consider these factors to know if it’s time to take the leap:

  1. Frequent, costly repairs: If you’re consistently paying more for repairs than a new car’s yearly cost, it’s time for an upgrade.
  2. Safety concerns: If you ever doubt your car’s safety, it’s time to part ways.
  3. Lifestyle changes: Starting a family or needing more space? Upgrade to a small SUV with advanced safety features.
  4. Emissions test failures: Fixing these issues can be pricey; a newer model may save you money in the long run.

Finding Your Ideal New Car

Once you’ve decided it’s time to buy a new car, follow these steps:

  1. Set a budget: Determine your budget and stick to it. Our finance center can help create a suitable payment plan.
  2. Narrow your search: Consider your driving habits, cargo needs, and desired tech and safety features to find suitable models.
  3. Research and test drive: Pick your top three models, research their safety ratings and reliability, and test drive each one.
  4. Search for deals: Look for local dealership options, request price quotes, and research what others have paid. Keep an eye out for sales events or holidays with great deals.

After completing these steps, head to your chosen dealership and make your purchase!

Affording Your New Car

When buying a new car, consider these additional costs:

  1. New car sales tax: This non-negotiable tax is typically added to your car loan amount.
  2. Interest rate: Lower interest rates result in lower monthly payments, but not all drivers qualify based on their credit score.
  3. Trade-in value: Dealers often apply the value of your current car towards the new one, but if you still owe money on your existing vehicle, that cost will be added to the new car’s price.

Our finance department can help determine the best vehicle for your budget. Additionally, our online tools, like the finance application and payment calculator, can streamline the process.

Find Your Perfect New Car at Five Star Automotive Group!

Ready to take the next step? Contact us to inquire about a specific model or schedule a test drive. Our rotating new vehicle specials will help you find a car at a price you love. We’re excited to assist you on your car buying journey.

 

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