Presenting Your Car Buying Resources
Check Out This Information Before Purchasing Your Vehicle
How To Budget For Your Car Purchase
Purchasing a new car is a big financial decision. Before you walk into a car dealership and drive away in a new veihcle, you should build a car budget to help determine the right car for you. Consider what your financial contributions will be–such as a down payment and monthly vehicle payment–and factor in the dealership's incentives and fees.
Understand the Cost and Benefits of New Car Features
Get started with car shopping by making a list of what's important to you. Think about what you like and dislike about cars that you've driven before, and what would improve your driving experience. Newer cars are jam-packed with advanced options such as:
Advanced Safety & Technology
Different auto manufacturers may have different names for their safety systems. Check with Consumer Reports and the Department of Transportation for a standardized list of advanced car systems here.
If you want to learn about new, emerging car technologies, visit an annual auto show event in your local area.
Make Sure You're Buying a Safe Car
Before you buy a car, get familiar with the vehicle's history and safety ratings. Here are some free resources to check out:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains a database of safety issues and recalls for vehicles. If you enter the vehicle identification number (VIN) or the vehicle year, make, and model, then you can learn about the vehicle's safety issues and recalls.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducts vehicle crash tests and evaluates the vehicle's safety functions. This is completed by an independent, nonprofit organization.
National Insurance Crime Bureau offers a free VINCheck service to determine if a vehicle has been stolen or reported as a salvage vehicle. When you provide the vehicle identification number (VIN), you can get a free report.
GEICO'S Vehicle Care which is powered by CARFAX. Once you insure the vehicle with GEICO, we'll continue to keep track of your vehicle's history, recall notifications, and maintenance reminders. We also offer auto shop recommendations, so that you can save on repairs and service.
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