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Relocating? How to Navigate Car Buying in a New City

Moving to a new city can give you a fresh start, a chance to explore a new place and meet new people, and can be a very exciting change for many people… but it can also be a very stressful time. There’s the actual physical move, which requires boxing up everything you own, then there’s the transporting of it, the unpacking, setting up utilities…to finding your way around your new town. Now what if you need to buy a new car? You don’t have an established relationship with a dealership and you may not have a single friend who can refer you to a dealership… and if they do, is it the brand you’re even interested in buying? Well just keep reading, help is on the way!

New City, New Car

Whether you’re in your hometown or a new town, the first step in buying a new car is determining what car to buy. We recommend you start your search online. “Don’t go to the dealership for product information, go online,” says, Brandy Schaffels, Senior Editor at TrueCar.com. “There’s a vast amount of excellent information available at your fingertips, the days of having to go the dealer for that information are long gone.”

The Military.com Auto Buying Center, along with sites like US News & World Report and Consumer Reports, are excellent resources for car reviews, safety ratings, vehicle comparisons, information on dealership fees you should expect to pay, available manufacturer incentives (lease offers, finance offers, cash offers, military offers, graduation offers), information on trims, options and packages, and just about any other information you need to know about the car you’re interested in buying before you pull the trigger and buy it.

When it comes to your finances, you never want to be surprised to know you owe more than what you expected. The Military.com Auto Buying Center, is also a fantastic resource for determining what you might expect to pay for the vehicle. The Auto Buying Center uses TrueCar.com data to show you what other people actually paid for a new car (not just MSRP) by make/model and down to the options giving you an idea what is a fair market price for a particular car. We also suggest you check your credit score, get pre-approved for financing, and check with your insurance agent to know what the monthly payment will come to on your new car.

Now the fun part: the test drive. Yeah you’ve put a lot of work in already, but you need to keep a critical eye on the test drive and taking a friend or spouse is always recommended. We also suggest you test drive the car and walk away: give yourself a night’s sleep to think about it without any pressure from the salesperson.

You’re ready to buy. You’ve done your research, you know the car you want to buy down to the options, you know what you can afford, it’s comfortable, and you love how it drives - now you need to locate a dealership and make the purchase. Before you do that, we suggest you read our Car Buying Do’s and Don’ts to make sure you’re really prepared.

How to Locate a Dealer in Your New City?
Don’t worry if you’re in a new city, you don’t need to scroll through the yellow pages to find a dealer. The Military.com Auto Buying Center not only provides you with accurate pricing information on what other people paid for the same car you’re looking to buy, but the site can also connect you with a choice of several trusted Military.com Certified Dealers in your area that offer competitive prices and a fast, hassle-free car buying experience. Car buying doesn’t have to be part of the stress of moving if you’re prepared.

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