Do's and Don'ts of Car Buying

The Do's and Don'ts of Car Buying

If you’ve settled on a new RAM, Jeep, Dodge or Chrysler for your next vehicle, we know you’ve come to the right place. Our inventory here at Cooper Motor Company has served our community with some excellent vehicles, but we also want our customers to be informed before making a decision on which car they want. Car buying is really an investment, and in order for your vehicle to have a good return, there are several questions to ask yourself before committing. So we’re here to help out. Here are five do’s and don’ts to consider before your appointment with our sales team. And remember, we’re just a phone call away to answer any questions you may have.

1. Do Know Your Needs

The size, gas mileage or general function of your needed vehicle is important to know. For a growing family, consider a minivan or SUV for enough room for a car seat (or two) and plenty of storage. For commuters with a long drive, perhaps a sedan or compact car is the better option for parking space maneuverability. For the get-it-done-right type, a truck is the perfect work buddy. Or is speed and exterior styling more your focus, landing you with a jazzy sports car or convertible? Once you know what your needs are, stick to that car type when shopping.

2. Do Research

Now it’s time to choose a make. Research brands using the manufacturers’ websites and our own compiled research on new RAM, Jeep, Dodge or Chrysler models. If you’ve made a list of must-have features (like a specific safety rating, leather seating or roof rails), ensure that the makes and models you research have the items you want. Don’t waste your time on one that lacks what you desire.

3. Do Know How Much You Can Afford

Creating (and sticking to) a budget is the most responsible thing you can do when car shopping. While challenging to keep, your budget could prevent you from making uninformed or poor financial decisions, so it’s a good idea to make one before you begin seriously looking at specific models. Our financial experts here at Cooper Motor Company suggest putting 20 percent down, keeping your monthly payment below 10 percent of your income and limiting your term to no more than 60 months. And remember to include annual maintenance and insurance costs in your budget, too.

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

It’s a better idea to pay off the vehicle you want to trade in for a new one first, especially if you owe more than it’s worth. Negative equity follows you from car to car, meaning you could have the debt of two cars in one massive monthly payment if you trade under these conditions. Your old loan will be consolidated into your new one, but to avoid this financial burden, ask our finance team the questions you want answered. Value your trade ahead of time so that the numbers can help you make the decision, too.

5. Don't Rush Your Test-Drive

Bring your list of must-have features along, too. It’s important to love driving the car you’ll buy, so take your time while in the driver’s seat. Push buttons, adjust the seat and test the cruise control. This is your time to really examine your new vehicle.

Do's and Don'ts of Car Buying

Interested in purchasing or leasing a new vehicle? Come visit us at Cooper Motor Company at 305 E Main St., Clinton, SC 29325. We look forward to serving our customers from Clinton, SC, and throughout Laurens, Newberry, Greenwood and Fountain Inn.

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