Buying a car is one of the biggest purchases most people make throughout their entire lifetimes. As such, it’s a good idea to exercise caution when buying a car. Deciding on which car to buy and from where are not decisions that you should take lightly, especially if you’re currently in the early stages of the car-buying process. If you’re in the market for a new or new-to-you car, keep reading to learn more about 5 factors you should absolutely consider before you buy a car—whether it’s your fifth or buying your first chevy. 

  1. Research the Reputation 

It’s very important to do some research on the reputation of any car you’re considering buying before you make your purchase. A car might seem great and have all the features you want on paper, but might perform badly on the road or be prone to malfunctions or part problems. 

Your local car dealership won’t tell you about the flaws of a car you’re considering buying, so it’s crucial to do your own research on the reputation of any model to make sure you’re making the right choice for your needs. 

It is also worth noting that one of the benefits of buying a used car is that most used cars have already been on the market for several model years. That means that most used cars have already established clear-cut reputations, whereas many brand-new cars have not been on the market long enough for its flaws to be revealed. If you buy a new car—even if you do your research first—you might not find out about all of the flaws that model has until you’ve already made your purchase. 

  1. Consider Your Lifestyle 

Everyone’s lifestyle is different, and your own personal lifestyle is one of the most important things to consider when you are in the process of buying a new or used car. 

If you commute an hour to and from work five days a week, it might be a smart idea to invest in a gas-sipping hybrid vehicle. If you have a family, the best model choice for you might be a spacious SUV or minivan. 

When buying a car, always prioritize practicality over all else. The excitement of flashy features of a car will fade over time, and you will likely find yourself wishing you’d made the most practical decision once you’ve owned your car for a few years. 

  1. Go Certified Pre-Owned 

More and more drivers are choosing to buy used cars over new cars. The used car market is much more thoroughly and better regulated than it was in the past, and buying a used car can save you many thousands of dollars on your car purchase. 

If you’re wary of buying a regular used car, considering choosing a Certified Pre-Owned model instead. Most official car dealerships offer Certified Pre-Owned vehicles in addition to their standard used models. These Certified Pre-Owned cars have to meet rigorous standards of quality and have a clean vehicle history, and they must be under a certain age and mileage in order to qualify for the Certified Pre-Owned program. Certified Pre-Owned cars also tend to come with excellent warranties, which can save you a lot of money and stress in the long run. 

  1. Take a Test Drive 

A good rule of thumb to remember is that you should never, ever buy a new or used car without test driving it first. Test drive before buying your first Chevy vehicle and make sure it feels good enough to where you’re going to trust and love being behind the wheel at all times. Test driving a car shows you how the car really performs beyond its surface-level appearance and a laundry list of features and amenities.

woman driving after buying her first Chevy

woman driving after buying her first Chevy

You might love a specific car model, but realize you hate how it drives once you actually get behind the wheel on a real road. That’s why test driving a car before you buy it is so important. If possible, take any car you’re considering buying on the highway or freeway to see how it performs at higher speeds before you make your purchase. 

  1. Understand Your Financing Options 

The majority of drivers finance any new or used car they buy. Very few people are able to fork over the entire cost of a car upfront. If you choose to finance your car, you have multiple options. 

You can either finance your car through your local car dealership, or you can take out your own private auto loan through a bank directly. Neither of these options is necessarily better than the other, but there are pros and cons to each. That’s why it’s important to do your own research. Come to the dealership prepared with auto loan quotes from several different banks. See if the dealership is able to offer you a better financing deal with lower interest rates. If not, go private instead. 

Buying a car is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be a stressful one. As you navigate the car-buying process, keep these 5 tips in mind before buying your first Chevy car, truck or SUV. They might just help you end up with the car of your dreams..oh and we can’t wait to welcome you to the Chevy family.