Considering a new car, but unsure where to start? Here's our step-by-step guide to the car-buying process.
Decide What You Can Afford
Analyze your budget to determine how much you can afford to spend each month on an auto loan. Our calculator may be able to help.
Before you visit the dealership, apply online or give us a call to get pre-approved for an auto loan. Pre-approval can help you negotiate a better sales price with the dealer.
Not sure if you’ll qualify? Learn more about the factors that go into auto loan approvals.
Do the Research
In addition to deciding if you want a new or used car, research the car models that fit within your budget and don’t forget to include projected maintenance costs. Doing your homework and knowing the true value of the car can help you get a much better deal during the negotiation process.
Begin your research now using our Auto Buying Program’s online research tools.
You can save money by shopping for your car at the right time. Sometimes car dealers will reduce prices at the end of the model year (usually late summer) and at the end of the month when they need to reduce stock. As you shop, be sure to test drive the car in varying road conditions.
Get Insurance Quotes
Since you’ll need to be insured before you purchase your car, now is the time to begin looking for car insurance. Rates can vary considerably between providers, so you’ll want to shop around for the best quote. Navy Federal members are eligible for an auto insurance discount through GEICO®1.
Negotiate the Deal
Since you’ve done your research and know the value of the car, and you have your pre-approval in hand, you can negotiate the best possible pricing for the vehicle. If negotiating seems like too much of a hassle, consider our Auto Buying Program, where you’ll get low, established program pricing from specially trained dealerships.
Ready to apply? Get started on your auto finance application today.
1Some discounts, coverages, payment plans, and features are not available in all states or in all GEICO companies. Discount amount varies in some states. Members located in Tennessee, Mississippi and Michigan are not eligible for the discount. One group discount applicable per policy. In New York a premium reduction is available. Coverage is individual. In return for this endorsement, Navy Federal Credit Union does receive some compensation. All program expenses are paid by GEICO. Insurance products are not federally insured, are not obligations of the credit union, and are not guaranteed by the credit union or any affiliated entity. Motorcycle and ATV coverages are underwritten by GEICO Indemnity Company. Motorcycle insurance is not available in all states. Overseas insurance is provided through International Insurance Underwriters, representing AIG Europe and AIG Limited. GEICO is a registered service mark of Government Employees Insurance Company, Washington, D.C. 20076; a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary.↵
2Credit and collateral subject to approval.↵