What to Bring to the Dealership when Buying a Car
How fun to go in and out of a brand new car in a car dealership? However, if you do not have the right documents and information, this enthusiasm will decrease. Learn our rundown of what to do when you buy a car so that you can drive off the lot.
Preparedness can never hurt, which means getting the right paperwork when purchasing a vehicle. When you have all the papers you need, you will not have any interruptions which will deter you from getting your ideal car.
There are a few things you can carry to the dealership. If you have all of these items with you, it allows the dealer to process details and prepare documents more quickly so you can see everything and complete your new vehicle purchase! So, what do you bring with you? Here are some of the things we look for when buying a car to help speed things up:
· Your driver's license: This should go without saying, but before you drive a vehicle off our lot, we need to make sure you're legally licensed to do so. It also acts as a form of identification for cross-referencing your payment.
· Title for your trade-in vehicle: If you're looking to use your current vehicle as a trade-in for a new one, the dealer needs your title to show that the vehicle you're trading in is yours. If the title has a co-signer or a lien against it, we'll need the requisite signatures ahead of time so they can proceed. Always double-check your vehicle title because even a minor error will cause it to be rejected by the state's motor vehicle registry. If you're not sure what to do, contact our finance department, and they'll go over it with you to make sure everything is in order. You can also search the state's website for the motor vehicle registry to see where you can sign your title.
· The vehicle registration number for trade-in: You'll need a copy of your current registration if you're trading in your car. They use it to double-check the vehicle's registration and compare it to the license plates sticker.
· Proof of insurance: They must verify that you have insurance on a car before you drive it away, and this is something you can arrange ahead of time if you know which vehicle you want to buy. You may also contact the insurance provider to provide them with your new vehicle's VIN, and they will be able to deliver a revised insurance card to the dealership electronically. They can also need current auto insurance evidence, so be prepared for the auto insurance requirements before coming in is always a good idea.
· Trade-in loan account number: If your trade-in car has an outstanding loan balance, you must bring the loan's account number, which can be found on a payment stub from your auto loan. You can even contact the lender ahead of time and let them know you're trading in the car and ask if they can help.