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There is a little homework to do before you buy a vehicle

By Product Expert | Posted in Birmingham, Dealership News, FAQs, Helpful Advice on Thursday, March 12th, 2020 at 1:46 pm
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How do I get ready to buy a car?

Buying a car is somewhat more complicated than buying a candy bar. Serra Toyota in Birmingham has developed several programs and processes that are designed to make everything as easy as possible. However, the more prepared a customer is before they walk in our showroom, the easier everything will be. Getting the financial part of the transaction together can be difficult for some buyers, but there are some things that can be done to help. If you’re wondering, ‘How do I get ready to buy a car,’ our team put this guide together to help you find a place to start. Let’s take a look at what you can do to get ready right now.

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Is it hard to get a car loan with bad credit?

Bad things happen to good people all the time. Unfortunately, having a less-than-ideal credit score could throw up some roadblocks to getting a loan to buy a car. Financial experts suggest paying off as many outstanding debts as possible before applying for a loan and making sure all current bills are paid on time for at least 90 days before working with a financial institution. Some people might be able to get pre-qualified for a loan by using the financing application portal linked at the top of this page.

In the weeks or months leading up to buying a vehicle, it is important to take a look at your credit report. Not only is this the time to have errors fixed, but it can also save a little time by letting you know what challenges might be ahead of you.

People seeking financing for a vehicle will need to know exactly how much they can afford to spend each month. Buying a car, truck or SUV is more than just the monthly payment. Things like gas, maintenance and insurance need to be taken into account. Don’t forget to factor in a little extra for a rainy-day fund.

Vehicle Trade-In FAQs

If you have a vehicle you’ll be using as a trade-in, there are a few simple things you can do to make sure that you’re getting the best possible deal. First and foremost, you’ll want to fix things like paint scratches, upholstery stains and the like. Additionally, make sure you have as many of the items that came with the vehicle as possible like extra sets of keys and the owner’s manual.

The team of product experts at Serra Toyota in Birmingham is always ready to answer any questions you might have along the way. Please reach out to us if you need some help.

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