Car Buying 101

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How to buy a new or used car in St. Petersburg, FL

It's easy to get overwhelmed when you have hundreds of used cars to choose from. AutoNation Ford St. Petersburg is here to help make the car buying process easy for seasoned and first-time buyers alike. Check out our handy guide and tools for buying your first car.

Discover a car that fits your lifestyle

To find the perfect vehicle for your traveling needs, you'll want to head over to our inventory and showroom to check out what we offer. Find a model that fits your lifestyle -- whether you commute around town, haul kids and soccer equipment, or take long road trips.

Sometimes, you know the car when you see it. But most of the time, you'll want to research which car fits your lifestyle. Consider your daily routine and how you would use a car in St. Petersburg, FL. You don't have to go for a brand new truck. In fact, you could opt for a reliable, certified used vehicle to get you around town.

Questions to bring to AutoNation Ford St. Petersburg

When you're ready to see a vehicle in person, it's time to come visit us. If you've never been to a car dealership by yourself before, don't be intimidated. It may be overwhelming when you find our extensive lot of new and used vehicles, but having just a few questions at the ready can ease your mind and make the process move smoothly.

  1. What can I actually afford? Knowing your budget ahead of time will narrow down your choices for your test drive process. Use our payment calculator to help you determine potential car payments.
  2. Should I lease or buy a vehicle? There are many pros and cons when deciding whether or not to lease or buy your new or used car. If you plan on keeping your car for awhile, buying it may be the best option.
  3. What is the cost of ownership? Ask the dealership about vehicle protection plans to help reduce the cost of repairs and maintenance over time. The cost of ownership may vary from dealership to dealership.

Get certified service to keep your car on the road

Whether you buy a new or used vehicle, all cars require proper maintenance to stay in top driving condition. Ask your sales representative about our certified service center, which can handle a future oil change, warranty work, or find replacement parts.

Fill out your loan application ahead of time

If you're short on time, you'll definitely want to fill out our loan application ahead of time. Not only will it give you a better idea of what car you can afford and will receive financing for, it will help your sales representative get you going in your new car.

Discover your dream car with a test drive

The best way to find your dream car is to get behind the wheel of one.  A thorough test drive is essential to first-time car buyers. With the help of one of our AutoNation teammates, you'll discover how one of our new or used cars can help you get from A to B.


Discover the car that will get you around in St. Petersburg, FL

When you're ready to come in for a test drive, call us or come on in to see the vehicles we have to offer. AutoNation teammates are available to answer all your questions. Come see what makes AutoNation Ford St. Petersburg the premiere used car dealership for first-time car buyers in St. Petersburg, FL.

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