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10 Things to Do Before You Buy a Car

Buying your first car can seem a little daunting. There are many makes and models to choose from with a variety of features. It can be difficult to sort through the options and find the best car for you. Consider these ten tips before you buy a car. 

1. Create a budget.

Be realistic about what you can spend each month and set a price point before you start looking. Knowing what you spend on food, gas, rent, utilities, insurance and other expenses will help you set a price point for financing your car.

2. Secure auto insurance.

There is no doubt that buying a car is a huge investment. Auto insurance protects you against damages caused by yourself or people who don’t have their own insurance. Finding the right insurance for you is important, but it is something to heavily consider if you are purchasing a vehicle. Ultimately, you will be able to drive your car off the lot knowing you are covered no matter what happens. 

3. Save money for a down payment.

Before you purchase a car, try to save up money for a down payment. While not all dealerships require a one, placing a down payment can reduce your monthly cost. 

4. Identify your needs.

There are many types of cars to choose from, so it is important to choose one that is right for you. Perhaps you have a lengthy drive to work and want a car with outstanding gas mileage. Maybe you aren’t a fan of driving in the snow and you really want a car with four-wheel drive. At the end of the day, you know your transportation needs best, and it is important to find a car that will best fit you.

5. Research.

Spend time evaluating different types of cars online before you head to the dealer. Researching the different options, safety features, brands, models will give you a better indication as to what you are truly looking for. That way, when you head to the lot, you are able to narrow your search and identify the vehicles you truly want to look at.

6. Consider the available features.

After you research different cars you will have a better idea of the features available. Are there certain aspects of the car you are unwilling to give up? Maybe you really want a backup camera, but perhaps heat

7. Create a must-have check list for when you test drive.

It’s important to test drive cars you might be interested in to see if you like it. When you go to test drive cars, have a checklist of features you are looking for ranked in order of importance. That way, you won’t forget anything and you will be able to compare multiple cars against each other.

8. Calculate your payment.

You can use our online payment calculator to estimate and compare monthly payments for the cars you are interested in purchasing.


9. Secure proper financing.

Buying a car is a big financial decision, but Carousel 2 is committed to helping you find the financing you need for your vehicle. You can fill out our easy online credit application to be considered for a car loan to help pay for your perfect vehicle. 


10. Choose a car that fits you.

At the end of the day, choose a car that you love, compliments your style and fulfills your personal needs. A car is a quality investment; choose one you love.

Carousel 2 serving Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, North Liberty, Marion, and Coralville, IA is proud to be an automotive leader in our community. Since opening our doors, Carousel 2 has maintained a solid commitment to you, our customers. We do our best to ensure your complete satisfaction every time you step into our car dealership. This is why we offer the widest selection of used and pre-owned Cars, Trucks, and SUVs and provide true ease of purchase in Iowa. 

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