What Should I Do Before I Buy A New Car?

What Should I Do Before I Buy A New Car in Greenville, SC

If you’re considering a new Audi as your next vehicle, congratulations — you’re one step closer to the luxurious driving experience of your dreams. Buying a new vehicle is an important decision, and here at Audi Greenville, we recognize that our customers may feel both excited and overwhelmed at the prospect of purchasing a new Audi. There are many factors to consider before investing in a luxury vehicle, and we want to help you think through them all so you’re fully confident when you visit our dealership to choose a model and sign on the dotted line. Take a look at our recommendations for what to do (and what not to do) before you buy a new car, and if you need any other assistance or advice, feel free to contact us at any time.

1. Do Know Your Needs

Think over what you need from your new vehicle. If you have a long commute to work, maybe you need a model that’s highly fuel-efficient. If your family is growing, perhaps a spacious SUV would be a good choice with the future in mind. Are style and speed your top priorities? Opt for a sports car or a convertible instead. Whatever you’re looking for in your new vehicle, you can count on a new Audi to provide you with impeccable design, performance and quality, no matter what body style you choose.

2. Do Research

Now that you know what you need, find out what cars will best fit your lifestyle. If you’re interested in a new Audi, we make it easy to research Audi models on our website. If you’re considering a pre-owned model or a new model from a different brand, take a look at other manufacturers’ websites to see which vehicles would work for you. As you come across various features that you like, keep a running list of must-haves so you can ensure the vehicle you pick has everything you want. Compare the top contenders that have caught your eye using our comparison pages or with other manufacturers’ comparison tools, and don’t forget to check on safety ratings as well.

3. Do Know How Much You Can Afford

The financing aspect of car-buying can be intimidating for many customers, but rest assured that the finance team here at Audi Greenville makes the process easy and stress-free from start to finish. It is important to know how much you can afford so that our experts can work with you to find financing solutions that fit your lifestyle. We recommend creating a budget beforehand (and also getting pre-approved with our online finance application). If possible, make a 20 percent down payment, limit your loan term to 60 months or less and ensure that your monthly payments are no more than ten percent of your monthly income. Don’t forget to include maintenance and insurance costs in your budget as well. Your credit score and history will also affect these numbers, so in order to get a more detailed idea of your financing options, visit our finance department and we’ll be happy to discuss them with you.

4. Don't Trade A Car That Has Negative Equity

Now that we’ve explained three things you should do, here are some things you shouldn’t do. If you’re planning to trade in your current car, we recommend making sure it doesn’t have negative equity first. This occurs when your vehicle is worth less than the amount you still owe on it, and when you trade in a car with negative equity, your debt will follow you to your next loan. You don’t want to be paying off a car you no longer own plus a new car as well, so plan ahead and only sell your current model when it’s fully paid off. Want to know how much you could get for your car? Get your KBB® Instant Cash Offer now.

5. Don't Rush Your Test Drive

Now for the best part: test-driving. When you visit our dealership to take our new or pre-owned models out for a spin, don’t rush your experience in each vehicle. Enjoy the ride and truly consider how it would fit into your daily life. Test the seat settings, the radio, the cruise control and all the other features. Check off the features in your must-have list and ensure that you’re fully satisfied with everything the model has to offer. We’ll be thrilled to help you find the perfect fit, so ask us any questions you have and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.

Interested in purchasing or leasing a new Audi? Come visit Audi Greenville at 200 Duvall Drive, Greenville, SC 29607. We look forward to serving our customers from Greenville, SC, and throughout Spartanburg, Anderson and the Upstate.