How to Buy a New Car

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Are you navigating the financing process for the first time? Even if you’ve bought a new vehicle in the past, the process itself can be daunting. Thankfully, you can make this big commitment a lot less scary by learning how to buy a car with the Auffenberg Dealer Group! Even if you end up going elsewhere, we want you to drive through O'Fallon and Caseyville with confidence.

How to Find Your Dream Car

If you want to know how to buy a car, you’ll need to know how to find the perfect model! Take these steps to get started:

  1. Narrow down your options. Look to your habits and your cargo-carrying needs, and make a list of the features that are most important to you. Decide on a segment.
  2. After you’ve settled on a segment, you’ll want to select three or four of your favorite vehicles. Research each model’s safety ratings, predicted reliability, and projected resale values. If you have the time, you’ll want to take each option for a test drive.
  3. Search local dealerships for models that have everything on your list! Looking for something specific? Use our vehicle finder service to speed things up.
  4. Lastly, compare the seller’s asking price to the average price paid for similar models. Use a trusted resource like Kelley Blue Book, or shop around online.
  5. Before you drive out from Edwardsville or Lebanon to start the purchasing process, find out what to bring when you’re buying a new car.

Is cost a major concern? Check out our new vehicle specials and our like-new Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. Interested in a lower monthly payment? Compare the benefits of buying vs. leasing a new car.

When to Buy a New Car

There’s nothing quite like the look and feel of a brand new car. However, since it is such a big purchase, many drivers struggle with the question of when to buy a new car.

Ask yourself these questions to find out if it’s time to trade up:

  1. Are you constantly spending money on expensive repairs? Are you spending all your time in the shop? Cars get more expensive to maintain as they age, so you might consider buying new.
  2. Have you ever felt unsafe driving your car? Stop putting all that stress on yourself, and get behind the wheel of a car you can depend on.
  3. Is your family growing in size? Have you outgrown the small sedan or sports car that you loved as a bachelor or bachelorette? Crossovers and SUVs are increasingly popular, and it’s easy to find one that fulfills all your needs.
  4. Is your car failing emissions tests? Trading up for a new vehicle is often smarter than trying to keep up with regulations.
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If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should definitely move forward with your new car purchase!

The Auffenberg Dealer Group Finance Team Has Your Back

The most satisfied drivers are those who learn how to buy a new car before they ever step foot in the dealership, but if you still have questions, don’t fret! The Auffenberg Dealer Group financing department will be with you every step of the way. The friendly faces on our team will help you explore all your options, cutting through the jargon you’ll hear elsewhere. We can also help with financing if you have bad or no credit.

Apply for financing with our dealership today!

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