Before You Purchase Your First Vehicle

woman holding up the keys to her first carPurchasing your first vehicle is an exciting experience, but one begins with a lot of questions. Finding a vehicle that fits your lifestyle and budget takes time, research and some good advice.

What’s Your Budget?

Before your first internet search or trip to a dealership, it is important to create a monthly budget. Include all your typical expenses: rent, food, health insurance and bills. From your remaining monthly balance, you can determine how much you are willing to spend on a car payment, car insurance, fuel and maintenance. Be realistic and make sure you leave some leeway for unforeseen events and saving.

What Will You Use Your Vehicle For?

Everyone has their dream vehicle – the sports car, truck or SUV they have been dreaming of since they first got behind the wheel of mom’s minivan – but this may not be the most sensible option for your lifestyle. As you start shopping, think about what you will use your car on a day-to-day basis and consider vehicles that will satisfy those needs the best.

Once you know if you are looking for a fuel efficient sedan or an SUV with four wheel drive, you can start searching for the brand and model you like best. Do your research and find out as much as you can about the types of cars you are interested in by reading reviews on the web and talking to friends and coworkers.

Take a Test Drive

Now that you have a set budget and your search is narrowed down, it is time to visit local dealerships. Talk to the salesperson about your price range and the cars you are interested, and then head out for a test drive. As much as you can research online, you won’t really know if you like a car until you sit inside of it and see how it handles. Try driving a few similar models until you find the one that you love for a price you can afford.

After you find “the one” there is financing and your warranty to consider. PermaPlate offers a wide range of aftermarket appearance protection programs to keep your new vehicle looking like new throughout its lifetime. From scratched paint to coffee stains on the seats, our warranty guarantees that covered damages will be remedied by professionals that implement the latest reconditioning techniques.

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