Do's and Don'ts of Car Buying | Lafayette LA | Near New Iberia, Abbeville, Youngsville & Broussard

Do's and Don'ts of Car Buying

The Do's and Don'ts of Car Buying in Lafayette, LA

The new year is here! If you’re in the market to buy a vehicle to start your new year off right, there are a few things you should know before heading to a dealership near you. We here at Giles Subaru want to make sure that you’re well taken care of. Why don’t you take a look at this list of do’s and don'ts below to help you start your new car journey in the right direction?

1. Do Know Your Needs

When you decide it’s time to start the search for your next vehicle, you’ll want to know what you’re looking for. There are a number of different makes, models, body types and features that you’ll encounter. Take the time to jot down a couple things you want in your vehicle — things that are important to you and your needs. Mileage, cargo space, towing capacity and other features are sure to play a big factor in your decision.

2. Do Your Research

Have you narrowed down your search? Great. Let’s start looking at some of the vehicles that best suit what you need. Going through the list of your needs, you can start to pick out which vehicles have and don’t have the necessary features for you. As you start to cross off vehicles you don’t want, you’ll have a better idea of what model and body type at Giles Subaru suit you. By doing this, we can find the exact make and model that’ll fit all your vehicle needs.

3. Do Know How Much You Can Afford

Setting a budget before you come into our dealership is an imperative part of the process. We don’t want you to find the car of your dreams and then realize that you don’t have the budget for it. Take into consideration the price, the features you want and the cost of repairs and services (if needed). As recommended when you’re first buying your new vehicle, you should put about 20 percent down, limit the term of the loan to no more than 60 months and keep the monthly payment below 10 percent of your income. This still gives you financial freedom and makes sure that your monthly payments aren’t taking huge chunks out of your pocket.

4. Don't Trade In A Car That's Worth Less Than You Owe On It

Take some time to think before trading in your old car. If you still owe money on your old loan, that loan may be consolidated into the new loan, which will create one big loan and amounts of stress you don’t need. Value your trade with us before coming in, and this way, you’ll have a better grip on where you stand.

5. Don't Rush Your Test-Drive

If you’ve found the one for you, we urge you to take it slow when you’re out for a test drive. You want to get the full experience of the vehicle you could potentially be driving for years and years to come. Take your time, ask questions and get a full scope of the vehicle’s interior and exterior — try to get the most out of your car buying activity.

Do's and Don'ts of Car Buying

If you have any questions about what you need to do before buying a car or would like to test-drive any of our quality cars, please feel free to contact us or stop by Giles Subaru at 6141 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503 . We look forward to serving our customers from New Iberia, Abbeville, Youngsville, and Broussard.

Do's and Don'ts of Car Buying Do's and Don'ts of Car Buying