Your Car-Buying Checklist

carbuyingFirst-time car buyer? Fear not! While we know that this process can seem overwhelming and stressful, we’re here to help. From determining what to buy, how to buy it, and where to buy it, we’ve compiled a list of some top tips that will help ease you into the world of car buying. So without further ado, read on to become an expert first-time car buyer.

Establish A Budget & Be Realistic

Generally, this figure is based on what you can afford per month. While more often than not you’ll probably have to leverage financing, which is why creating a budget is the first step. Sit down and list out your cost of living in all important areas including housing, food, health insurance, and entertainment. Once you’ve finished calculating those costs, the remainder can be spent on a car payment, car insurance, and other car maintenance items.

Define Your Needs & Prioritize Your Wants

While you might be eying that shiny red Corvette, it’s important to consider what type of vehicle will work for your everyday life. Alternatively, that minivan or pickup truck is ideal for hauling all of your toys but will you be moving on a routine basis? Take into consideration the cost of fuel, insurance, and parking, and only buy the best vehicle that fits your needs, lifestyle, and some of your wants.


The internet is your best friend. Once you’ve narrowed down your budget and lifestyle needs, it’s time to explore the different kinds of vehicles that you can afford. The internet is full of great amounts of information and perspectives on new vehicles and viable alternatives. Take a few weeks to compile your research. Once you’ve digested it all, you can take it one step further and be proactive. If you see someone in a parking lot with one of your potential new vehicles, stop and ask them about their experience.

Find A Local Dealer

Now that you’ve narrowed it down to your top vehicles, it’s time to find a local dealership that’s close to your house. Whether you use Google or talk to a coworker or friend, finding your perfect dealership is key to a smooth sailing car buying experience. The friendly staff at Randall Noe Used Car Supercenter¬†are here to help assist you in any way, stop in and see us for your car buying needs!

Test Drive

From seat height to wheel adjustment, steering feel to outward visibility and everything in between, the importance of test driving a vehicle before you buy it is crucial! Take at least a half-hour test drive. Make sure to try the vehicle stop-and-go and on the freeway. We recommend that you even go as far and trying to parallel park. The key in this stage is to drive how you normally drive.

While we know that becoming a good first-time car buyer isn’t easy, we hope that by following the above guide will help to streamline the car buying process.

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