Dealership Experience

What to Know Before You Go.

Time to visit a dealership to get a new car?  Before you go, use this handy checklist to prepare for the visit.

The vehicle:

Money matters:

  • Watch buy or lease video to help decide which is best for you
  • Determine your monthly car budget
  • Estimate your monthly payment with the payment calculator
  • Compare term lengths to future maintenance and market value
  • Plan for a down payment, fees and taxes.
  • Shop for car insurance 

Before you go:

What to bring to the dealership:

  • Apply online Pre-approval notification, if any
  • Driver’s license (or government ID)
  • Proof of income: W2s, paystubs or a letter of employment
  • Proof of residence: apartment lease, bank statement, pay stub or utility bill showing your name and address
  • Proof of vehicle insurance
  • Source of down payment
  • Trade-in: vehicle title, registration, all original equipment

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