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Dealers get this question a lot, so why don’t we just make it easy for everyone by posting the information on the web? Yes, let’s do that.
If you want to test drive a car and get a quote: In most cases, all you need to test drive a car is a valid driver’s license. If you’re test driving an expensive or rare model, you may need to put down a deposit just so the dealer can understand you’re a serious buyer. When looking for a price quote, it helps to bring any research documentation you’ve gathered from consumer sites or other dealers, so that there is no question as to what information both parties are working with.
If you want to get approved for a loan: you should bring your license, a current pay stub (if you have more than one job, bring those stubs too), and proof of residence, such as a utility bill. It helps to bring more than one utility bill, or a cell phone bill, as a backup document.
If you want to sign all the paperwork and drive away in your new car: you should bring all the items mentioned above, along with your insurance card. In addition, you will need to provide the appropriate information for your trade-in, if you have one. If you own the car outright, you’ll need to bring the title of ownership. If you are still paying the vehicle off, you should call your bank beforehand and get documentation of the exact payoff amount. Bring any information on your current loan to the dealership so that your Salesperson can check the information.
If you can remember to bring the appropriate documentation, it will speed up the sales process and make everyone’s lives easier. And most importantly, it will get you on the road and smelling that new car smell much faster!
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