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Shopping for and Purchasing Your First Car

When you start looking into buying your first car, it might seem like an overwhelming process. There are tons of articles online that may scare you into thinking you won’t get your money’s worth or that dealers are untrustworthy when they know it’s your first vehicle purchase. Here at Advantage Ford LINCOLN, that's not how things work! 

When you shop with us, we can guarantee that won’t be the case. We have a variety of new and used vehicles, and we’re sure we can find you the perfect one. Keep reading for more tips when purchasing your first car.

Set a Budget

This is the most important part of the car buying process. If you don’t know what you can afford ahead of time, you might be in for some unpleasant sticker shock. Once you have a budget set, you can figure out if you’ll be better off buying new or used, and if you’ll be financing your vehicle. All of these options are completely okay. No matter what your choice may be, we’re ready to help. Check out our useful online tools like our credit application, our Shop by Payment feature, or even just learn more about why you should finance with Advantage.

List out Needs vs. Wants

Now that you know how much you can afford, it’s time to make a list of what you want in your future vehicle. Divide your list into two columns, “needs” and “wants”. This way, you can write down things you can’t live without and things that it would be nice to have. Maybe you have a large family and need to seat a certain number of people, but something like a back-up camera is what you’d like to have, though not necessary. Bring this list in when you visit us at Advantage Ford LINCOLN, and we can help you find the best matches.

Research Your Options

Once your budget is set and you have a rough estimate of what you want, narrow your list by eliminating vehicles by doing research on those that you are more likely to afford and that fit your needs. Researching before you stop by our dealership not only is important for you, but it helps us provide you with additional information about the cars, trucks, or SUVs that are of high interest to you. 

Test Drive More Than One

We suggest this to all of our customers, but it's especially important when it's your first car. Make sure you're absolutely comfortable in the car you decide to purchase and take time to think things over. Here at Advantage Ford LINCOLN, we'll never pressure you into a decision you aren't 100% confident and our sales team will be patient with you as you ask all the questions and check out all the ins and outs of your new vehicle. 

Choose a Dealer You Trust

It can be quite intimidating to walk into a dealership, even more so as a first-time buyer. With our dealership, you’ll never have to wonder if you’re getting the best deal, whether you’re buying new or used.   Here at Advantage Ford LINCOLN, we pride ourselves in having many repeat customers and a sales staff with members who have been with us for 25 years. Our customers always come first, and you will notice that as soon as you walk through our doors. There’s a reason our motto is “Where friends send friends,” and we’re happy to prove it to you.

Make a Commitment

Let’s celebrate! At this point, you will be one step away from making your first purchase! You will have decided on your first vehicle. With our attentive staff, we will get you on the road in no time.

We have a wide variety of new and used Ford and Lincoln cars, trucks, and SUVs. If you’re interested in purchasing your first vehicle, please don’t hesitate to contact us or visit our Fremont area location.