Experience More, Strathmore Ford
For a lot of people, buying that first new Ford F-150 or Ford Mustang is a dream come true–something they’ve worked and saved to purchase for months and perhaps even years. Whether it’s one of our more iconic models or a capable used car, like a Ford Escape or Ford Fusion, the fact remains that buying a new auto for the first time is equal parts thrilling and intimidating. Here at Strathmore Ford, however, it’s our goal to take the intimidation out of the equation.
We do this by helping our customers understand how to get started. It isn’t as easy as walking into your Calgary Ford dealership, pointing out the car you want, and then just grabbing the keys and heading home. You have to have some sense of what you’re doing before all of that happens, which we of course can help you with.
For starters, figure out how much you think you’ll be able to spend. Write down all of your monthly expenses and compare that to all of your monthly income to see how much you realistically can spend on a monthly auto payment. Spending too much could put you in a financial pickle down the road and tarnish your credit score. For most first-time car buyers, your credit score is just getting started. Don’t kill it before it even gets off the ground!
The next step is to get online and start researching, not only the vehicles you can afford, but the vehicles that fit your driving and commuting needs. It’s easy to get caught up in the vehicle you want without really considering what your real-life driving needs may be. Being smart about that part of the process will ensure you’re happy with your vehicle long-term.
From there, all you have to do is visit us here at Strathmore Ford to do some test driving. You’ll bump into a car you love and that meets all your other criteria, making your first car buying experience a successful one!