1. List Your Must Haves
The first and most important step is narrowing down what type of vehicle you'll be shopping for. An easy way to do this is to list your must haves! Do you need 5 seats or more? Do you need a vehicle that can tow? Do you need lots of cargo space or just a small amount? Do you want something fuel efficient, or does the cost of gas not matter as much? These are just a few factors to consider while evaluating your needs, and can help you determine the type of vehicle that'll meet your needs. After you've written out your list of needs, start researching what vehicles appeal to these needs and consider their long-term cost. Create a spreadsheet of vehicles that fit your specifications and research them in more detail to find out if one specific vehicle is best for your needs.
2. New or Used?
The next step, which goes hand in hand with the first step, is figuring out whether you want a new or used vehicle. Each have their own individual benefits, but making this decision is completely up to you and your personal finances! Do you want a brand new vehicle with no service history and warranty coverage, or are you looking for a more affordable used vehicle? Take a look at our new and used vehicle models, and if you're interested in taking out an auto loan, view our financing options for more info!
3. Buying or Leasing?
If you decide to go with a brand new car, it's then time to decide whether you would like to buy or lease. Leasing allows you to "rent" a brand new vehicle for a few years at an affordable rate and can often come with free oil changes, tire rotations, etc., but offers a limited amount of mileage. Buying a vehicle gives you complete autonomy over your vehicle, but it also means you're responsible for any maintenance and non-warranty covered repairs. Check our buying vs leasing page for more information on the pros and cons of each option.
4. Research, Research, Research!
One of the most fun parts of vehicle shopping is looking at all the models you could one day drive! Now that you know your needs and whether you're buying or leasing a new or used vehicle, you can finally start narrowing down your options to find the perfect vehicle for your lifestyle. This is where research gets intense. You'll want to make sure the model you're interested in comes with all the features you need. You can utilize the information on our websites, including the brochures and model overview pages to better determine which model, trim level, and packages suits you best. You can also use our vehicle inventory page to look at the models available on our lot.
5. Take it For a Test Drive
Now that you've found a few vehicles that you might be interested in, it's time to get behind the wheel and take it for a spin! While you're on the road giving your potential vehicle a test, remember your needs and try to drive the vehicle in a similar environment. If you drive to work on the highway regularly, see how it handles fast speeds on the highways. Do you live on a dirt road at home? Take it on the rough terrain to check its readiness! Check the comfortability of seats, storage space, important components, and more to make sure you've found the right vehicle.
Before you know it, you'll be united with the vehicle of your dreams! From start to finish, make picking the right vehicle for your needs a fun and easy task and eliminate the stress of vehicle purchasing by shopping at Graff Mt. Pleasant. If you're interested in taking a vehicle on our lot out for a test drive, call us to set up an appointment and we'll gladly give you the opportunity to take any Chevy, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, or other model you'd like out for a spin. View our new and used vehicle inventory to get started on your vehicle research.
At Hank Graff Mt. Pleasant we strive to provide our customers with a car buying experience that is accommodating, stress-free and fun! Visit us at our Chevrolet dealership located at 4580 E Pickard Rd in Mount Pleasant, Michigan 48858 or our Buick GMC Cadillac dealership located at 116 N. Mission St in Mount Pleasant, MI 48858.
Websites: Chevrolet: HankGraffMtPleasant.com and Buick GMC Cadillac: GraffBGC.com
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