First-Time Car Buyer Tips

For many, this time of year marks a significant milestone in life: graduating from college. Whether you’re moving, finding a new job, or getting ready to enjoy one last summer vacation, you might also be thinking that it’s time to buy your first car. Here at Gillman Subaru Southwest, we have several great new and pre-owned Subaru models for sale that are perfect for first-time car buyers.

To help first-time car shoppers find that perfect car for them, we’re sharing some helpful tips. Buying your first car can seem like a daunting process, but with a little planning, you’ll be able to find an option at a price that works for you.

The first step is to establish your budget. Be realistic about what you can afford and narrow your search to options that fit within your budget. For many of us, our first car is probably not going to be the latest model, but that’s ok. You can still find pre-owned models with a lot to offer. Calculate all your expenses like rent, groceries, going out money, and health insurance. Keep in mind that you’ll need to pay for your car and it’s insurance.

The next step is to identify what you need versus what you want. You may want the brand new 2018 Subaru Outback but consider that you may end up getting more from a pre-owned model that’s less expensive. Do your research and find out which features certain models offer and what’s important to you. 

Explore financing and leasing options. Depending on your credit history and how long you intend to keep the vehicle there are plenty of financing and leasing options that we offer. But it’s important to stick to your budget. And before you make any decisions, take several models for a test drive to experience what driving your vehicle of choice actually feels like. 

Finally, take your time and enjoy the process. We’re here to help, and we want you to feel confident about your purchase. Visit us today at 10575 W Sam Houston Pkway S to explore your favorite Subaru models.


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