First Car Buying Tips

Tips on shopping for your first car in Birmingham, Alabama


Looking to purchase your first car? This exciting, age-old rite of passage is one that won’t soon be forgotten. To help you in the process, we recommend the following tips for first-time car buyers.


First Car Buying Tips near Tuscaloosa AL

Budget

One of the first things to do when preparing to buy a car for the first time is to set a budget….and then stick to it! Be sure to consider your monthly expenses and which features you truly need from a vehicle.

With your budget set, you can start looking for cars in your price range that meet all your needs. Our new, used, and bargain inventory have vehicles that will fit any budget!


Research

With your budget set, you can start figuring out what kind of car is right just for you. With so many options available, be sure to consider different makes, models, and trim levels to find your vehicle.

Also consider the different situations you will be in when determining type of vehicle. How you answer questions such as the below will help you decide which vehicle will best fit your lifestyle.

  • Transporting around your favorite four-legged friend? You may want to consider a pet-friendly SUV with comfort and roominess.
  • Driving in any ice or snow or other adverse conditions? In that case, you may want to look into an all-wheel drive pickup truck or SUV with tall ground clearance.
  • Plan on going off-road? Think about a rugged, body-on-frame SUV or truck.
  • Do you have a long commute? Consider a fuel-efficient, comfortable car that’s loaded with the latest driver assistance safety features.


Dealership vs. Private Seller

Congrats, you’ve decided on which type of vehicle to purchase! Now, where to actually purchase it at – a car dealership or a private seller? Both have their benefits, but with a dealership you can take advantage of lease and financing options, paperwork assistance, and warranties.

Did you know all our used cars include a 90-day/3,000-mile warranty and 2 years of complimentary oil changes and tire rotations?


Test Drive

You’ve found the car of your dreams! Now it's time to get behind the wheel and go for a test drive that will best replicate your daily driving routine. Feeling comfortable on your test drive is one of the most important steps in your car-buying journey. We'll even let you take the vehicle for an extended, overnight test drive so you'll have plenty of time to make absolutely certain it's the perfect car for you.


We Have the Car for You!

We believe that car buying should be a fun experience, especially for first-time buyers. We have a ridiculously friendly team, most of which grew up right down the street. Each associate is committed to your comfort and providing the absolute best customer experience. Your wish is our command. We'll work with your budget, schedule and preference - whatever it takes!

Plus, we're part of the Victory Automotive Group family, so you’ll have access to thousands of new and used vehicles and you won't have to run around town to several lots to find the vehicle you want.

Come visit us today, give us a call, or schedule your VIP appointment today!

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Prices shown are manufacturer suggested retail prices only and do not include taxes, license, or doc fee. Manufacturer vehicle accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Please contact us with any questions.

**Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

For 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, 115 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 47 city/46 highway/46 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 13 mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 570 mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Based on 2014 EPA mileage and driving range ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.