How to Buy a New Car

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Are you looking to take your Brandon commute to the next level? Shopping for a brand new car should be an exciting experience. However, many drivers in the Wesley Chapel area dread the process. That is not the case when you shop with Reeves Volkswagen. Our team strives to make the car shopping process a fun and seamless experience. If you are new to car shopping, you may be intimidated by the process or unsure where to start. That is why we have provided this handy guide below.

When to Buy a New Car

A new vehicle is a big investment for most Clearwater drivers. Because of this, you may be wondering when to buy a car. If you find yourself in any of the situations listed below, it could be the perfect time to get behind the wheel of a safe and affordable new vehicle from Reeves Volkswagen:

  1. Your vehicle requires frequent trips to the service center for repairs and maintenance. At some point, you’ll be paying more for repairs in a year than you would for a new car.
  2. You do not feel safe behind the wheel of your current car.
  3. You need more space for your growing family.
  4. Your car is failing emissions tests. It can be quite expensive to make the necessary repairs, and it may be more affordable to purchase a brand new car.

Find Your Perfect Vehicle

If you have determined that it is in your best interest to purchase a new car, you still may be unsure of where to start. If you are wondering how to buy a new car, the first step you should take is to plan out a budget. Remember to stick with the amount you set. If you need assistance determining your budget, our finance team would be happy to help. Once you have a budget that works for you, follow the steps below:

  1. Narrow your search. Consider your driving habits, cargo space requirements, and desired technology and safety features. Create a list of vehicles that have what you’re looking for and that are in your price range.
  2. Select the three models you desire most and research them thoroughly. Look at safety ratings, reliability, lifespan, and more for each option. You may also want to take your top choices on a test drive to see how they handle on the roads of Wesley Chapel and Clearwater.
  3. When you have a winner, look for where you can find the vehicle in the area. You should request price quotes and find out what other drivers have spent on comparable models.
  4. Think about when to buy a new car. Are there any upcoming sale weekends or holidays in the near future when you can find your dream car at a discount?

Budgeting for a New Car

Before you make a final decision and sign on the dotted line, take a closer look at your budget. You do not want to get more car than you need and end up struggling to make your monthly payments. According to U.S. News, your car payment should not put your monthly debts–including credit cards, student loans, rent, etc.–over a third of your monthly income. Remember that there are additional costs associated with the purchase of a brand new vehicle that need to also be factored into the total cost.

  • New Car Sales Tax: This figure is usually tacked on to your car loan amount.
  • Interest Rate: Your credit score plays a large role in determining your interest rate.
  • Trade-in Value: To make your new car even more affordable, consider trading in your current vehicle. That trade-in amount could be put toward the cost of your new vehicle. Value your trade today to get an estimate of what it is worth.

Find the Car of Your Dreams at Reeves Volkswagen

Find a vehicle that checks all of the boxes on your wishlist right here at Reeves Volkswagen. We will help you find a car that has everything you need without exceeding your budget. If you have any questions about the car buying process, reach out to us at any time.

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