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The Dos and Don’ts of Car Buying In Kingsport, TN

The Dos and Donts of Car Buying

When you’re purchasing a new vehicle, it’s easy to get seduced by that new car smell, taken aback by the newest tech and lost in the latest luxuries. To put it simply, shiny new cars are fun to look at and even more fun to drive. For this reason, it is key that you make a plan that takes into consideration your lifestyle and your must-haves. It’s easy to get lost in a lot full of new cars, that’s why we went ahead and compiled a list of dos and don’ts designed to help you through the car-buying process.

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Know Your Needs

Know Your Needs

If you want to find the best possible vehicle for you and your family, start by deciding which type of vehicle best suits your lifestyle. Are you looking for a convertible to help keep you cool in the heat? Maybe a mom-envy-inducing minivan? How about a commute-shortening coupe? A safe and reliable sedan sounds nice. Then again, it is hard to beat the convenience of a compact car. There is no shortage of options for you to choose from. Take some time to narrow down your search and really focus on your lifestyle requirements.

Know What You Can Afford

Know What You Can Afford

It’s a universal truth, numbers are hard. Creating a budget can be the most difficult part of the entire process. You may have found a vehicle that fits all of your needs perfectly, all of your needs minus the financial ones, that is. Keep in mind, when buying a new vehicle, it’s recommended that you put about 20 percent down, limit the terms to no more than 60 months, and keep your monthly payment below 10 percent of your income. Be sure to also consider the cost of maintenance as expected maintenance costs can vary widely between makes and models.

Do the Research

Do the Research

Once you’ve decided on the type of vehicle you want, make a list of the things that are most important to you. Research as many makes and models as you can then single out the ones that give you all (or at least most) of the amenities and features that you want.

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Don’t Trade In A Car Worth Less Than What You Still Owe On It

Don’t Trade In A Car Worth Less Than What You Still Owe On It

Negative equity can be a huge burden. If you are carrying over significant debt from your old car, the balance of your old loan may be consolidated into the new car’s loan amount. This means that you could be paying off two cars at once in the form of one big loan. Get ahead and stop by Honda Kingsport, 2217 East Stone Drive, Kingsport, TN 37660 in advance to find out exactly what your trade-in should be worth.

Don't Rush the Test Drive

Don’t Rush the Test Drive

Take your time during the test drive. This is important because you need ample time to make sure you actually like the car and are not just caught up in the excitement of driving a new car. Ask questions, play around with all the features you have been researching, and perform a thorough inspection of the interior and exterior of the vehicle. Even if you are doing the test drive alone, you should make sure the car has enough space for everything you need and everyone you love.

Come to Honda Kingsport in Kingsport, TN

If you’re interested in buying a new car in the greater Kingsport, TN area, contact us now by filling out a short form, giving us a call at (424) 343-4339, or stopping by Honda Kingsport at 2217 East Stone Drive, Kingsport, TN 37660 for a test-drive. We love nothing more than serving our customers from Kingsport, TN, and throughout Bristol, Johnson City, and Greeneville, TN!