What Should I Do Before I Buy a New Car?

Our tips for buying a new car

What Should I Do Before I Buy a New Car in Valdosta, GA?

A new car is a big investment that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here at Griffin Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Valdosta, we want to assist you in choosing the perfect ride for you. Read our to-do list below as a preparation guide before you sign on the dotted line.

Get Pre-Approved

We know you’re eager to buckle up in a new ride! Before you dig into researching your dream car, get pre-approved for credit online. Getting pre-approved ahead of time will show you how much spending power you have — this is extremely helpful for building your budget. The finance team at Griffin Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Valdosta recommends that you put 20 percent down, limit your loan term to no more than 60 months and keep your monthly payments below 10 percent of your monthly income. Don’t forget that these numbers can change based on your personal credit score and history. No matter what, include annual maintenance costs and insurance when you’re configuring your budget — those additional costs can add up!


Once you’ve been pre-approved, research is key to pinning down the perfect car that checks all your boxes. Find useful information via our inventory, manufacturers’ websites or third-party resources such as Kelley Blue Book®. We highly recommend utilizing these popular tools to your advantage — the more knowledge, the better! You can compare things like prices, features, awards and safety ratings of the vehicles on your list. Make sure you choose a body style that fits your lifestyle needs.

Value Your Trade

You can significantly lower your monthly payments on your new car when you trade in your current ride with us! We’ve provided a useful trade-in estimator that you can access from the comfort of your home. Bring the online quote you receive along with your current model to our dealership, and we’ll verify everything in person. You can choose to accept the offer and leave with cash in hand or trade your ride in for a shiny new model!


Elevate your online research by taking a test drive in the model you’ve been eyeing on the computer screen. This is a great opportunity to decide whether you want to seal the deal. After all, you’ll want to get a feel for how your dream car drives and experience all of the bells and whistles it’s equipped with. A member of our team will accompany you during your test drive, so don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have along the way. After you put the car in park, if you decide it isn’t the right model for you, we’ll help guide you in the right direction toward an alternative that meets all your requirements.

Interested in purchasing or leasing a new Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or RAM?Contact usor visit our dealership at 4164 N Valdosta Rd, Valdosta, GA 31602. We look forward to serving our customers from Valdosta, GA, near Thomasville, Douglas, Moultrie and Lake City.