Car Buying Tips

From Hanlees Hilltop Hyundai

Whether you’re financing or leasing a Hyundai car, you’ll want to stay informed on all things related to automotive financing. Our finance department at Hanlees Hilltop Hyundai is here to make the process less stressful by teaching you about Hyundai finance and insurance, which includes auto loan finance rates, gap insurance, and more. Explore our Hyundai finance offers in Richmond and feel free to reach out with any questions! We want to help you make an informed and confident decision, whether you are choosing a Hyundai finance or Hyundai insurance plan.

Tips For Finding Your Perfect New Car

How do you decide which car to buy? Here are our top four tips for choosing the right vehicle: 

  1. Focus Your Search: What kind of driving habits do you have? How much space do you need for passengers and cargo? What technology and safety features are important to you? You can focus your car search by asking these types of questions. 
  2. Choose Your Top Three Options: Examine the lifespans, safety rankings, and other relevant data for your top three options. Most new models have a wealth of information available to give you a clear idea of what to anticipate. 
  3. Conduct a Local Search: By investigating local car lots and requesting price quotes, you can weigh your options and identify the best deal. 
  4. Think About Upcoming Holidays & Sale Weekends: Are there any upcoming holidays or significant sale weekends? Consider them when making your purchasing decisions to get a better deal on the preferred brand and model.  

We recommend browsing our new vehicle specials for the type and size of vehicle you need to maximize your buying power. Car leasing and auto loan financing doesn’t have to be difficult.

Tips For Financing Your New Car

When you have decided on your favorite car, it is time to head to a nearby dealership. To create an appropriate budget, keep this financial advice in mind: 

  • Taxes: Sales tax on new cars is a standard, non-negotiable fee that is typically added to the loan amount for a new car. 
  • Trade-in Value: Trading in your current car, if applicable, to the dealership of your choice will give you more money for a down payment. To get the best price, it is wise to detail and clean the car thoroughly, as well as make minor repairs. If you still owe money on the car, the balance will be added to the cost of your new car. 
  • Interest Rate: Your interest rate will be lower the higher your credit score. Take action to raise your credit score if it is currently below where you would like it to be before investing in a new vehicle. One way to raise your score is to pay off all of your credit card debt and pay all of your bills on time.
  • Used Car Financing: Used car financing is also an option if you’re working on a budget. Make sure to take a look at all of your options to see which one is right for you.

Browse the New Car Inventory at Hanlees Hilltop Hyundai!

There’s something here for everyone, so take a look at our inventory to see if you can find your perfect match. We’re excited to get you behind the wheel of a vehicle you’re going to love for many miles in San Pablo and Berkeley. Contact us if you have any questions or if you need any help. Or see your trade-in value with our calculator to make the switch all the easier and better for your pockets. Ready to make a change? Come to our Richmond dealer near El Cerrito today!


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