First-Time Car Buyer’s Guide

Watching the class of 2018 step out into the world, we’re reminded that for a lot of you, this is a time of year that has you looking to buy your first new car. For years now, first-time car buyers have visited Dodge Chrysler Jeep® of Winter Haven for help finding the right vehicle, suitable financing, and top-notch service to back it all. How can we help you? 

First of all, consider your budget. That includes the price of your loan or lease, but also includes things like fuel, maintenance, and insurance. What’s more, when you’re just starting out, you may not have built much of a credit history. That’s okay — we work with a number of lenders in addition to Chrysler Capital, so we can match you with some of the best rates available. Keep those payments on time, and you’ll be well on your way.

Second, give some thought to what you’re driving and why. Pulling up to a job interview in a new Jeep SUV or RAM truck can make a great first impression. But you’ll also want to take into account the kind of driving you’ll be doing in your downtime. If your idea of a fun weekend is hitting the beach with your friends, you may want something different than someone who’ll be off-roading.

Third, come up with a wish list. Each vehicle we carry, from the Jeep Renegade to the Jeep Cherokee, can be outfitted with options a la carte, as part of their trim levels, or in option packages. You can also accessorize from our extensive selection of Mopar® parts. In any case, knowing what you must have, and what you can do without, can be a big help if you’re faced with paralysis by analysis.

Finally, don’t forget to come prepared for the test drive. Bring your license, proof of insurance, proof of income, and any questions you may have. Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Winter Haven serves Lakeland and the surrounding areas from our showroom at 299 Cypress Gardens Blvd.

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