Car Buying Checklist

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Shopping for a new Cadillac, Chevrolet vehicle for your Cartersville commutes? This should be an exciting moment worth celebrating, but you may be too busy feeling overwhelmed and stressed out by the car-buying process to feel that joy. To help you navigate this important milestone with confidence, Riverside Chevy Cadillac has put together a convenient car buying checklist for you to consult. Check out our tried-and-true tips in our new car buying checklist, below!

Buying a New Car Checklist

Consider the following tips and tricks from our new car buying checklist to help determine what type of vehicle will best suit your unique driving needs and financial situation:

  • Consider Your Lifestyle: Do you endure a long commute to and from work every day that requires great gas mileage? Is it important to you to drive a vehicle with all the latest technology? Will you require a vehicle that’s capable of light- or heavy-duty towing? These are all factors to consider that can help narrow down your list of choices. For added clarity, make a list of your non-negotiable needs.
  • Set a Budget: Nobody enjoys the feeling of falling in love with a vehicle, only to realize it’s not exactly within your budget. Avoid this situation by taking the time to look over your finances and determine a realistic price range that will work with it. Need expert help? Get in touch with our friendly finance team! They’ll address any concerns or questions you may have, and can even help you assess your finances to find a Cadillac, Chevrolet vehicle that suits your budget.
  • Wants vs. Needs: In addition to coming up with a list of non-negotiable needs, you may also want to make a list of things you would like to have. This could include heated seats, a sunroof, a motion-activated liftgate – the possibilities are nearly endless!
  • New vs. Used: Even if you feel confident that a brand new vehicle is the way to go, it may be worth your time to consider used and certified pre-owned options. If you buy a pre-owned late model year, you could gain access to a number of premium features at an affordable price – including some amenities from your “wants” list that you might not be able to budget into a new model.
  • Schedule a Test Drive: After searching through seemingly endless inventories full of vehicles that suit you, a test drive of your final choice(s) is always recommended. A vehicle may sound perfect for you on paper, but it’s not until you sit down and take it for a spin that you’ll truly know how you feel about it.
  • Inspect Your Final Choice: Whether new or used, when you’ve settled on a final choice, you should be sure to perform a thorough self-inspection before signing on the dotted line. Even new vehicles can incur damage when they’re on the lot that may be difficult to spot upon first glance, like a scratched windshield or a knick in the paint, so don’t be shy about taking your time to look it over before you drive home to Cedartown. 

Find Your Next Vehicle at Riverside Chevy Cadillac!

Here at our Rome dealership, our Cadillac, Chevrolet experts are prepared to help you find the model that’s right for you. Whether it’s the fuel-efficient Chevy Cruze, the luxurious Cadillac CTS, or the tough Chevy Silverado 1500, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Riverside Chevy Cadillac. Have lingering questions about the car buying process? Explore more of our car buying tips, contact us online, or give us a call at (866) 717-4450. We’re excited to help you upgrade your Calhoun commutes!

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Riverside Chevy Cadillac
Riverside Chevy Cadillac
100 Hwy 411 E
Rome, GA, 30161 US
(706) 295-9090
Riverside Chevy Cadillac 34.22236, -85.1519833.