What should I bring to the dealership when I'm ready to buy or lease? | Hardeeville, SC | Beaufort & Hilton Head Island

Ready to buy or lease a new car? Do you want to make sure you're prepared for your visit to the dealership? We've got you covered. Remembering everything you need can be a tricky part of buying or leasing a car. It would be terrible to drive all the way there, ready to drive away in your new car, but then have to turn around and grab whatever paperwork you left at home.

We want to help you every step of the way in your buying or leasing process, so we've made it easy for you. Below is a suggestion of everything you might need to buy or lease a car

  1. Your driver's license: When you're filling out your paperwork, you'll want to have your license on hand since you'll need proper identification. However, there is a chance that the dealership might already have your license on file if you’ve taken the vehicle for a test-drive.
  2. Your Social Security number: If you happen to not know it by heart, bring your social security card along as well. Even if you are buying the vehicle outright -- without any financing -- the dealer will still need your Social for tax purposes. Almost all financial transactions valued at over $10,000 are required to be reported to the IRS.
  3. Proof of car insurance: You can't buy a car without this key piece of paper. There are laws in all 50 states requiring drivers to have some kind of insurance because it protects everyone on the road.
  4. Your wallet: You’ll have to pay for this vehicle somehow, whether through financing, cash, cashier’s check or credit card. There are many options to pay these days, and depending on how much your car is worth, it makes sense to figure out the best way for you to pay for your vehicle. When leasing, you’ll normally have to make some kind of a down payment on the vehicle.
  5. Proof of employment, residence and salary: Depending on your credit rating, you may need to bring these things with you.
  6. A few hours to fill out all of the paperwork: It can be a time-consuming process, especially if you're applying for financing.
  7. And if you're trading in your old car:
  8. A trade-in appraisal: Typically you'll have your appraisal performed at the dealership that you're trading it in to, and many times they'll be good for up to three days.
  9. Your old car's title: Once you trade it in, you'll have to turn this over since you're releasing ownership of the vehicle.

If you’d like to purchase or lease a new 2017 Lexus in Hardeeville, SC, drop by Hilton Head Lexus at 540 New River Parkway, Hardeeville, SC 29927 for a test-drive. We look forward to serving our customers from Hardeeville, SC, and throughout Beaufort and Hilton Head Island!

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