Tips for First Time Car Buyers
Buying your first car can seem like an intimidating process, and you might not even know where to start! Here at Hubler Automotive Group, we believe it doesn’t have to be stressful. We are happy to guide you through the process and assist you in any way we can. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you have when purchasing your first car, or come visit one of our Indianapolis area dealerships.
Know Your Needs
Before you start narrowing down your car search, make a list of the things you want in your vehicle. Do you plan to keep this car for a while? Will you need room for your family or friends? Are you using it to hold a lot of your gear? Are there any important features you’d like to have? Dividing your list into “needs” and “wants” is a great way to see what is most important to you. We have a variety of models and want to be sure you find the perfect fit.
Set Your Budget
Do some research on the cars you are interested in to figure out what you can afford. Make sure you consider more than just the price of the vehicle, and remember that financing, insurance, maintenance, and fuel are factors as well. If you are younger, keep in mind that insurance rates can be a big expense. All of this will help you determine the monthly payment you can work with. It’s also a good idea to figure out how much you can use as a down payment, since this affects your monthly payments. If you have any other questions about finance, please feel free to contact our finance specialists or read our finance FAQs.
New vs. Used
Once you know your budget, you can use that to determine if you would like to purchase a new or used car. If you’re also budgeting for college or another big investment, it might be better for you to buy used. If the latest model or a vehicle with low mileage is important, new might be the way to go. Here at Hubler Automotive Group, we have a huge selection of new and used inventory, and we will work with you to figure out your best option.
Take a Test Drive
If you’re buying a used car, or even a brand new one, always take a test drive! This could be your car for a long time and you should feel comfortable behind the wheel. Don’t be afraid to get the full experience of the car during this. Test it all: radio, seats, parking break, turn signals, everything!
If you’re ready to learn more, give us a call at 888-221-5101 to get started. We can’t wait to meet you and start the process of purchasing your first car!