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Preparing to Buy Your First Car

Congratulations! You’re about to begin the process of buying your first car! No matter your age, budget, or stage in life, the steps to take to make sure you have a great first car-buying experience remain similar. Paretti Mazda is bringing you these steps and more information so you’re more than prepared to start the process:

Figure Out Your Needs

The first step when preparing to buy your first car is figuring out your needs. Do you want a lot of space for passengers? Is cargo room a big determining factor for you? Are you making a future move where a more compact vehicle might better suit you? Ask yourself all of these questions and more to help conclude what will be the best fit. Another good idea is to make a list of items you need versus a list of those you want but could do without.

Establish a Realistic Budget

Once you’ve made a list of things that are important to you, it’s time to establish a realistic budget. If you have no idea where to start, figure out how much you can spend monthly. Look at all of your monthly expenses and what remains for a car payment. Don’t forget about factoring in vehicle maintenance, gas, and an emergency fund for unexpected repairs.

Figure Out Your Credit Score

Knowing your credit score allows you to pre-determine what kind of interest rate you will get. There are websites you can visit for a free credit score, or you may be able to get your score through your credit card provider. Once you’ve determined your score, you’ll be able to figure out your monthly payment and apply for a loan.

Find a Dealership You Can Trust

The most important part of buying your first car is choosing a dealership you can rely on. Make sure the dealership you’re shopping at feels transparent and has great customer service. You can usually get a feel for this on your very first visit.

Paretti Mazda prides itself on these factors and many more, and our primary goal is your satisfaction with us. Not only will we be the dealership you can trust, but we will also care for you long after the sale through our service, parts, and body repair teams. You can also rely on us if you need help with financing your first car.

We are a family-owned dealership that has been serving the New Orleans area for more than 80 years, and we can’t wait to make you a customer for life. To make an appointment, call ​800-499-1341 or simply stop by!