Top 5 Car-Buying Tips for College Grads

11 Apr

Spring is here! Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and graduation caps are flying through the air. Yeah, that’s right; spring means college graduation. It’s the end of an era and beginning of your journey into adulthood. Why not treat yourself to a fun yet practical gift, like a Dodge.

Dodge College Grad Program

With graduation comes spending more time in your car, from the endless job interviews to waiting in rush hour traffic and even the occasional road trip to your alma mater. You need a vehicle you can rely on.

Buying your first car as a recent college grad is an exciting yet daunting experience. Weighing your options and doing your homework will make the process smoother. We’ve made it easier than ever to find the perfect new Dodge for you with these five easy tips!

Buy Used

Pre-owned cars are a great way to save. The last thing you want is to be stuck with large monthly car payments on top of having to pay off your student loans. Buying a used car is the smarter option that won’t leave your wallet feeling pinched. Plus, at Dodgeland of Columbia, we have a huge inventory of certified pre-owned vehicles that have passed our rigorous performance and safety tests, so you can drive confidently in a used Dodge.

Establish a Budget

When coming up with a budget for your car, consider all your monthly costs including rent, bills and student loans. This will help you stay within the limits of what you can afford so you don’t get in over your head with payments. Setting realistic goals will help you manage other financial areas, too.

Look for Incentives

Yes, you may be done with college, but you still have to do your homework. Many dealerships have incentive programs, like the Dodge College Graduate Program. Get to work – save some cash and get a good value by finding the perfect incentive program.

Take a Test Drive

A test drive is like trying on clothes – it can determine if the car is the right fit. Also, it gives you a better feel of the car’s quality, inside and out. During your test drive, be sure to test the brakes and lights while driving on both slow roads and busy freeways. Don’t forget to check out the passenger seats. The more time you spend with a car during a test drive, the more accurate your evaluation will be.

Buy from a Dealer

One of the advantages of buying from a dealer is scoring a car in good condition. Although buying online may seem cheaper, it’s not always the best option. Dealerships offer a safer environment and certified pre-owned cars in good condition. Plus, you can ask questions and the knowledgeable staff can answer them with ease.

Avoid buyer’s remorse by visiting Dodgeland of Columbia (190 Greystone Blvd. Columbia, SC 29210). Dodgeland of Columbia offers a wide range of new and used vehicles along with auto financing services. Call us at (877) 331-9243 and schedule a test drive today!

 

Source:

http://www.wartburg.edu/careers/sye/BuyingTips.pdf

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