Figure Out What Your Needs Are
The first step in purchasing a new vehicle is assessing your needs. Don't just think about what you'll need now, but also in the future. A few considerations you should take into account are:
- Do you need 4-wheel drive for the winter months?
- How many passengers will you normally have in your vehicle?
- Do you typically drive on the highway, streets, or off-road?
- What safety features are important to you?
- Will you be towing anything?
All of these needs and more play an important role in deciding what vehicle to purchase. Make sure you write down every factor that is important to you, from short term to long term needs. Keep your needs in mind while you figure out your price range and any costs you'll need to take into account with your final purchase.
Decide on a Budget
Next, you'll want to take your budgetary needs into consideration. If you're interested in getting a car loan or financing, you can fill out our credit approval form to obtain more information about interest payments and what you are qualified for. The resources needed to making the initial downpayment and subsequent monthly payments when buying or leasing a vehicle are important to consider. The general rule to consider when budgeting out car payments is that it should be no more than 20% of your take-home income.
Buying vs. Leasing
Once you have your budget in place, you'll want to look into buying and leasing. Both buying and leasing have their individual benefits, but each also carry their own restrictions. Buying a vehicle is a large financial commitment, and factors like commute time and distance play important roles. While purchasing a vehicle can be beneficial with longer commutes, it also requires a larger downpayment and can be very costly. Leasing is a much more affordable option, but it can limit the amount of miles you can drive during the period of your lease. Making sure you're getting the most for your investment is extremely important - weighing your needs and your budget will help you make the decision. Check out our buying vs leasing guide to learn more about the specific pros and cons of each option!
Choosing the Vehicle
Now, the fun part! After figuring out the money and payment options, you'll finally have the chance to look at vehicles. Our inventory carries a wide range of options for any budgetary needs. You'll be able to refine your search to find exactly what you need, from brand new leases to affordable certified pre-owned vehicles! You can even read up on vehicle brochures on our website to learn about the individual features of what each vehicle has to offer to better help you make your decision. Before you know it, you'll be behind the wheel of your new ride in no time!
Take it For a Test Drive
Once you schedule your appointment for a test drive, you'll get a firsthand look at what your vehicle has to offer. In order to find out whether it's the right fit for you, you should test it based on your driving needs. If you have to drive on the highways frequently, see how it handles the fast speeds and acceleration! If you have lots of passengers, sit in the back and passenger seating to see how comfortable the ride will be for them. Our Sales Staff will be happy to let you look over anything about the vehicle to see if it fits your needs. Feel free to ask any questions you may have!
We at Graff Okemos understand that it take a lot of time and research before you purchase a vehicle. Deciding on your needs and options play huge roles in the deicision, and we're more than happy to help you with anything you need! We hope our guide on how to find the right vehicle for you comes in handy when you finally make the decision to purchase or lease your new car! Feel free to reach out to us with any concerns. We're happy to help you find the option that will be best suited for you.
Located conveniently just outside of Lansing, Hank Graff Chevrolet Okemos is here to help you with your car buying and servicing needs. Our goal is to create a transparent experience and a comfortable environment for all of our valuable customers. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, reach us at (517) 349-8300, or stop by the dealership at 1748 W. Grand River in Okemos, MI 48864
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