Tips for First-Time Car Buyers at Roger Shiflett Ford

Near Gaffney, Spartanburg, Shelby and Kings Mountain

Purchasing your first car can be a lot like a roller coaster -overwhelming and exciting at the same time. To make matters even more sensatory, there are thousands upon thousands of potential vehicles to choose from, which makes finding the right vehicle even more difficult.

Fortunately, the experts at Roger Shiflett Ford in Gaffney, South Carolina are here to provide you with a few helpful tips to make your first-time car buying experience much more exciting and less overwhelming.

Get Honest About Your Needs

A new jaw-dropping Ford Mustang for a father of two? A new Ford Expedition for an 18-year old first-time driver going off to college? While anything is possible, it's important to be honest about your needs and your lifestyle.

You should also consider the type of driving condition you will most likely face on a daily basis. However, the most important consideration you should make is your budget.

Set a Budget and Stick to It…No Matter What!

In the heat of buying a car, it's far too easy to toss all of your cares to the wind and simply purchase on an emotional connection to a vehicle. However, it's imperative for you to stay focused on your budget. You did create a budget …right?

In either case, make sure you factor in the various costs of ownership for the vehicle outside of the monthly car payment. These costs can include:

Research to Find the Perfect Vehicle

Once you have completed your budget, you're ready to go shopping to find your first car. Depending on the type of vehicle you're looking for, you may find these vehicle comparison guides helpful:

Another solution is to speak to a sales professional at Roger Shiflett Ford. Since everyone's needs and budgets are different, the experts at Roger Shiflett Ford will work closely with you guide you to the best vehicle for your unique budget and needs.

Finding First-Time Car Buyer Auto Loans

Once you have found the perfect new Ford, the next step is to secure financing. While you can visit different banks and credit unions to learn their interest rates, the Roger Shiflett Ford Finance Department offers a much more efficient and productive solution.

When you complete a credit application with Roger Shiflett Ford, our F&I Manager will meet with you to discuss your options, whether you need a cosigner, and down payment amounts. If you're a first-time car buyer with no or very little credit, a down payment could be an excellent way of improving your chances of being approved.

A down payment shows the lender you're serious about the purchase and that you're willing to put a little "skin in the game." Everyone's situation is different, but one thing remains the same - the experts at Roger Shifflet Ford will work diligently to help you find a vehicle you love at monthly payments you can afford.

Contact Roger Shiflett Ford for First Time Car Buyer Programs

Near Gaffney, Spartanburg, Shelby and Kings Mountain

At Roger Shiflett Ford, we offer various first-time car buyer programs for drivers in Spartanburg, Gaffney, Kings Mountain, Shelby and surrounding areas. We've also partnered with several subprime lenders who specialize in working with customers who have less than perfect credit.

Contact Roger Shiflett Ford today by calling 1-888-561-5030, completing our online contact form, or stopping by our dealership at 714 Chesnee Hwy in Gaffney, SC.  


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Roger Shiflett Ford

714 Chesnee Hwy
Directions Gaffney, SC 29341

  • Sales: (864) 489-4764
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