The Do's and Don'ts of Car Buying | Luray VA | Near Harrisonburg, Front Royal & Shenandoah

The Do's and Don'ts of Car Buying

Buying a new car is something that no one should take lightly. There are definitely a few things you need to keep in mind as you search for your ideal new vehicle. Check out this list of the do's and don'ts of buying a new car from your friends at Marlow Ford.

1. Do Know Your Needs

To start, you should figure out the type of vehicle that would fit best into your lifestyle. Do you need towing capability? Maybe consider a truck or SUV. If you'd like a vehicle with better fuel economy, it might be wiser to choose a more compact car, like a sedan.

2. Do Research

Once you've figured out what type of vehicle you want, make a list of what you want out of your vehicle. 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 most difficult part of the process. When buying a new vehicle, it's best to put about 20 percent down and keep your monthly payment below 10 percent of your income. Plus, you'll want to make sure you include the cost of regular maintenance.

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, giant loan. Get ahead by knowing in advance what your trade may be worth.

5. Don't Rush Your Test-Drive

Take your time with the test-drive to make sure you really enjoy the car instead of just the feeling of a new car. Ask any questions you might have, play with the various features and take a look around the vehicle. Make sure the car has enough room for everything you need.

If you'd like to learn more about buying a new car or have any questions about the car-buying process, contact us or stop by our dealership at 1021 US Highway 211 Luray, VA 22835 for a test-drive today. We look forward to serving our customers from Luray, VA, and throughout Harrisonburg, Front Royal and the Shenandoah Valley.

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