Buying a car for the first time can be an intimidating experience. However, with the professionals at Dan Hemm Chrysler Jeep® Dodge RAM in Ohio, you can plan on learning about the process and driving off our lot with complete satisfaction. Today we’ve compiled some tips for first-time car buyers, so continue reading to learn more about finding the car that is just right for you.

At Dan Hemm Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM, we are happy to take all the time necessary to find the perfect vehicle for you. Some of the most important aspects to consider when shopping for your first car are budget, lifestyle, and car condition, so let’s take a closer look at these topics you’ll want to keep in mind:


  1. Budget – It is important to know if you will be borrowing funds, leasing a vehicle, or paying all cash. Additionally, you should know your credit score and if you are eligible for any special financing. It’s a good idea to set a minimum and maximum number before you set foot on the lot, so you can keep realistic expectations for what you can afford to pay.
  2. Lifestyle – Depending on where you live, what your favorite activities are, and what gas mileage or cargo space you hope for, you’ll want to choose between a car, truck, SUV, etc. Additionally, you may want to consider what convenience or tech features work best for you or what specs you can afford to splurge on.
  3. Car Condition – If you’re buying new, you’ll simply want a brand-new vehicle that stands the test of time. However, if you’re buying used, like many first time buyers, you’ll want to find a balance between mileage, condition, and vehicle age.

We hope these tips give you somewhere to start in researching your first vehicle! Come on over to Dan Hemm Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM to take a test drive in one of our new Dodge cars, pre-owned RAM trucks, or any of our other impressive models soon.