Everything you need to know about

Buying a Car

Thinking about getting a new ride? Awesome.

We’ve got car buying advice to help you get a good deal on your next vehicle. From car shopping tips and how to choose the right auto insurance coverage to finding trusted auto maintenance and repair services, this is your guide for navigating the car buying experience.

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Set a Budget

That new car you're eyeing isn't going to pay for itself, so carefully consider all costs associated with car ownership.

How much should you spend?

Try to keep your car payments to less than 15% of your monthly take-home pay.

And, here are some additional tips and tools to help you find a car that fits your needs and budget:

  • Use our vehicle loan calculator to estimate your monthly payments.
  • Calculate the True Cost to Own your car. See a 5-year estimate of depreciation, interest, taxes and fees, insurance premiums, fuel costs, maintenance, and other costs you may not have considered.
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Pre-qualify for a Car Loan

Why? Securing a pre-qualified bank loan will help you know how much car you can afford and it makes negotiating with the dealership a bit easier.

When you’re ready to buy, we’re here to help:

State Farm Bank® Vehicle Loans

Get a State Farm Bank auto loan with competitive APRs. Payoff Protector®footnote[1] is included with every vehicle loan.

You can also access and pay your vehicle loan account with our State Farm® app.

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How to Car Shop

Want to drive away with a good deal on your new car? Here are some tips:

  • Do your homework. Check out the Edmunds' New Car Buying Guide and compare cars you like side-by-side. You can also see the average price people pay in your area for the car you want.Find a new or used car
  • Go for a test drive. You’ll feel more confident about your selection and better prepared to make a purchase decision.
  • Shop around. Get price quotes online, contact multiple dealers in your area, or email the dealership's internet sales department for quotes. Ask for their best "out-the-door" price, including all fees and taxes. Then, go with the best offer (of course).
  • Get value for your trade-in. Appraise your car with this easy-to-use tool to find out how much it's worth. Then, wait until you have a firm price on the car you’re purchasing before negotiating the trade-in price.
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Insure Your Investment

More drivers choose State Farm to insure their car than any other insurance company in the country.footnote[2] We think you should too.

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Save Money on Your Car Insurance

Earn a discount based on how you drive with Drive Safe & Save. If you're under 25 and a safe driver, enroll in our Steer Clear® program to save money on your auto insurance.

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Keep Up with Maintenance & Repairs

Regular maintenance and repairs are an unavoidable part of car ownership. Before buying a car, you need to know how much it will cost to maintain and repair over time.

Find expert, local car repair services

Openbay takes the hassle out of finding and booking service for car maintenance and repairs.

  • Get quotes in your area from an extensive network of verified repair shops.
  • Book your appointment and pay online.
  • Receive $40 in total savings on your first two auto repair or maintenance services.footnote[3]
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State Farm® Mobile Apps

Download our mobile appsfootnote[4] to manage and pay auto insurance, improve your driving habits, and earn discounts.

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Take care of insurance and banking with ease, get roadside assistance, file claims, and more.

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Good driving habits can earn you a discount with Drive Safe & Save.

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Drivers under age 25 can save up to 15% while learning to become a safer driver.

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Smart Car Buying Info

Buying a car is easier when you have the right information. We’re here to help with that.

Enjoy a Better Car Buying Experience

Much like purchasing a new car, if you’re buying used, take the time to carefully research and shop for the vehicle you want. It’s also important to know that the car you’re considering is reliable, affordable to maintain, and has a clean title.

Here are a few more do’s and don’ts to consider when buying a used car:

Check the vehicle history report. Get a detailed report of the car’s history from sites like Carfax or AutoCheck using the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). This report will tell you if the car has a clean title, if it’s been involved in a serious accident, the number of previous owners, and more.

Get an inspection. You may pay $100 or more to a mechanic for a pre-purchase inspection, but it could potentially save you thousands later in repair bills.

Go CPO. Certified pre-owned vehicles undergo a detailed, multi-point inspection and reconditioning process, and come with a manufacturer-backed warranty. You may also get a lower APR on the CPO car, which can help you save money over the life of the loan.

Whether you’re buying a new car or used, we’re here to help life go right® with auto insurance, and money-saving discounts like Drive Safe & Save and Steer Clear. Don't forget about vehicle loans from State Farm Bank that offer competitive APRs.

[1] State Farm Bank Payoff Protector is automatically included as a provision of all newly issued vehicle loan promissory notes. Payoff Protector is not an insurance product. Subject to the terms, conditions, and restrictions of the Payoff Protector provision in your State Farm Bank Promissory Note and Security Agreement. If your vehicle is determined to be a total loss before the loan is paid off, State Farm Bank will cancel the difference between the insurance payout and the unpaid principal balance due on the loan. Certain restrictions apply. For example, your loan must be in good standing.

[2] Based on 2016 written premium as reported by SNL Financial Data.

[3] State Farm Rewards credit will be applied: $20 to the first service booked and completed through the Openbay platform, $20 to the second service booked and completed through the Openbay platform. Rewards cannot be combined for use toward a single service or multiple services within 7 days of each other. This promotional offer is limited to State Farm customers, visitors to Statefarm.com, participants of any promotional campaign originating from State Farm and who are first time Openbay account holders in the US. State Farm and the State Farm logo are registered trademarks of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. Products and services offered at openbay.com are offered by Openbay. State Farm does not warrant the merchantability, fitness, or quality of the products and services offered by Openbay. If you have questions about the potential applicability of your insurance coverage please contact your State Farm Agent.

[4] Compatible mobile phone required; enrollment and terms and conditions apply.

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