Searching for your first, or even just your next, vehicle is a process that should be exciting and rewarding. But it’s important to be educated and to make a plan. That’s why we created our short Car Buying 101 course for first-time buyers.
If you are paying cash, decide what your budget is and stick to it. If you plan to obtain financing, get pre-approved for a loan. We can also finance your purchase with our lenders, but we recommend having a maximum purchase price in mind before coming in. By determining your budget, you are narrowing down the field of potential vehicles considerably.
To narrow the field even further, decide what kind of vehicle appeals to you. The major segments are: trucks, vans, minivans, SUVs, crossovers, sedans, compacts, and subcompacts.
Do you want a fuel efficient car for your growing family? Check out some sedans like the Mazda3 and Mazda6!
Need lots of interior space? Maybe an SUV like the Mazda CX-9 is in order.
Looking for something sportier? Opt for our favorite little roadster, the Mazda MX-5 Miata!
Deciding what kind of vehicle you want can be helpful - however, some people who think they're looking for a coupe or sedan can often find hatchbacks and crossovers just as appealing!
So it can be even more helpful to decide the features that are important to you. Write them down. Do you insist on a V6? Are active safety features a must? Once you know what you want, do your research! For your convenience, we have all the specs and lists of standard features for all the Mazda vehicles ready for you! Check them out!
Above all, when it comes to finding the vehicle that will make you happy, you should take your time. Buying a vehicle is the second biggest financial decision for most people, beyond buying a house, so make yourself knowledgeable and stick to your plan.