Buying your first car or truck is a memorable experience – one you will never forget!
It’s an exciting time, but it can also feel overwhelming, especially for the first-time buyer with limited exposure to the sales process.
At Key West Ford, we’re here to help! In fact, we love working with first-time buyers to help them find a new or preowned vehicle to suit their needs.
Here are some helpful tips to consider:
Decide what type of vehicle best suits your needs and lifestyle
Do you need a fuel-efficient car to keep up with your daily commute, a pick-up truck to haul supplies from the job site and back, or a large SUV to handle your growing family and all of their gear?
Determine how much you can afford
The purchase price is a key consideration, but you also want to be aware of any monthly costs associated with the vehicle, like fuel, insurance, maintenance, etc. Only buy what you can afford! If you are on a tighter budget, purchasing preowned is a great way to save.
Do your homework
With so much choice available to you, you’ll want to research which makes and models are best for you. This will help narrow down your search and provide a more focused car shopping experience.
Inspect the interior and exterior
Before you take a vehicle for a test drive, you’ll want to visually inspect the car or truck inside and out. Look for signs of rust, water damage, dings, scratches, rips, tears, chips, dents and musty smells. All of these are red flags and can show that a vehicle wasn’t properly maintained or cared for.
Go for a test drive
By getting behind the wheel, you’ll get to experience first-hand how a vehicle drives, handles and performs on the road. Take it for a long drive on various types of road surfaces and listen closely for any issues.
Ask for a CarProof Report
If you are purchasing a used vehicle, always ask for a CarProof Report, which shares important details about a vehicle’s history.
Have the vehicle professionally inspected
A qualified technician can inspect a used car or truck to ensure it’s in good cosmetic condition, safe and in top mechanical order.
Are you ready to start shopping for your first vehicle?
Don’t waste your time shopping around – purchase with confidence by buying from a reputable dealership, like Key West Ford!
Unlike other used car lots or private sellers, we perform a 129-point safety and mechanical inspection on every preowned vehicle on our lot and provide our buyers with a CarProof Report!
Our preowned lot is stocked with a wide range of used cars and trucks with some of the best deals in New Westminster. Stop in today and speak with our knowledgeable sales staff!