What Should I Do Before I Buy A New Car?

Our tips for buying a new car

What Should I Do Before I Buy A New Car in Tifton, GA?

Here at Griffin Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Tifton, we understand that purchasing a new vehicle is a significant investment. That’s why we’re committed to making the buying process easier for our customers and helping them navigate through it. We’re gathered several tips and tricks to help you embark on this journey — continue reading to learn more.

Get Pre-Approved

Before you start shopping for your next ride, you’ll need to get pre-approved. Obtaining pre-approval helps you assess your purchasing power and establish a budget. Our finance team at Griffin Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Tifton recommends putting 20 percent down, limiting your loan terms to no more than 60 months and maintaining payments that don’t exceed 10 percent of your monthly income. Though these figures will vary based on your credit history, remember to factor in annual maintenance and insurance costs, as well.

Conduct Research

With pre-approval in hand and a clear budget in mind, the next step you can take is to browse manufacturers’ websites and third-party resources like Kelley Blue Book® and Edmunds to familiarize yourself with the current market. Compare pricing, create a list of non-negotiables and check out any awards and safety rankings for the models you’re eyeing. This approach will help you streamline your options and pick out the model that best suits your lifestyle needs.

Value Your Trade

A great way to save on your next vehicle purchase is by trading in your current model. Simply enter your vehicle’s details on our website and value your trade in a few minutes. If you’d like, bring all online quotes to our dealership for verification. We’ll give you a great offer that can be applied as credit towards the next vehicle you buy.


To get a firsthand feel of the models you’re considering, we recommend taking an extended test drive with each one. Don’t rush through the process — take your time to test every system and function, from the audio system to cruise control. By doing so, you’ll be able to make a more informed decision on the model you’d like to purchase. Ready to begin your car-buying journey? Reach out to one of our team members if you have any questions or need help!

Interested in purchasing or leasing a new CDJR or quality used vehicle? Contact usor visit our dealership at 505 7th St W, Tifton, GA 31794. We look forward to serving our customers from Douglas, Pearson, Coffee County and Ware County.