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.
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:
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
You can also access and pay your vehicle loan account with our State Farm® app.
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.
- 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.
Insure Your Investment
Save Money on Your Car Insurance
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.
Openbay takes the hassle out of finding and booking service for car maintenance and repairs.
State Farm® Mobile Apps
State Farm® Mobile App
Take care of insurance and banking with ease, get roadside assistance, file claims, and more.
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.
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