Buying A New Car

Buying a new car is an exciting experience, but also a big investment. We can help make that experience a little easier by arming you with some know-how before you start shopping.

Shop Around

You may have a vehicle in mind that you just have to have, or you may be looking for the best quality used car that you can get a good price on. No matter what kind of car you’re looking for, it’s best to shop around when purchasing a new vehicle.

It’s also a good idea to compare types of vehicles before you buy. Are you looking for a sports coupe, sedan, mini-van, small SUV, large SUV or a truck? Most car manufacturers’ websites let you build your own vehicle, see vehicle features, and even view the interior and exterior of different vehicles. All without stepping foot into a car dealership. Think about the vehicle factors that could drive up your insurance rate too.

Research the Best Price

Want to know what the dealership paid for the vehicle? Find out at Consumer Reports and know what you should be paying for the vehicle before you go shopping for a car. The dealer will still have a higher price, but knowing what they paid could help you get the best deal.

Ask for Discounts

Are you serving your country in the military? Are you a full-time student? These situations could land you some discounts when buying a car, and they aren’t the only discounts. Your employer or other groups may also offer car-buying discounts.

Check for Rebates and Incentives

It’s always good to find out if car manufacturers are offering deals and rebates on their vehicles. You can find out fast at or at Kelly Blue Book .

Get Quotes

You may have shopped around, but getting several quotes from different car dealerships and comparing them to manufacturer rebates and incentives could help you find the best price. It may take more time, but will save you money and get you the best value in the long run.


Finally, don’t be afraid to negotiate the price, and don't assume that the dealer financing is your only option. Ask these 10 questions to help make sure you're getting the best deal on your new car purchase.

Skip the Extras

Skip the extended warranty, credit insurance, auto club memberships, car finish treatments, etc., to get the lowest and best price. Often these extras cost more, but are of low value.

Don’t forget to purchase car insurance for your new vehicle! Your lienholder or lessor may require you to purchase it before they hand over the keys to your new car. Direct Auto Insurance offers affordable car insurance--fast, and we welcome all drivers to apply for coverage, no matter their past driving history. Get a free quote today at one of our locations , online, or over the phone at 1-877-GO-DIRECT (1-877-463-4732) .

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