What You Should Bring With You to the Dealership

Buying a new car can be a frightening experience, and it can be even more scary if you're not prepared.  We are going to try and ease that fear by letting you know the things you will need to bring with you when you buy a new car along with a few optional things that you might want to bring as well.


Even with the advancement of being able to do most of the paperwork for a new car deal online, the actual purchasing of a vehicle will still take some time. You may have fallen in love with the features and color of your new vehicle online, but we want to make sure you love the drive and feel of it on the road. We encourage everyone to test drive any vehicle they are considering buying before we dive down into the negotiation and other paperwork.  While it is our goal at Shortline Mitsubishi to get people in and out in a timely manner you should expect to spend anywhere to an hour and half or more depending on the circumstances at the dealership.

Driver's License and Car Insurance:

These two items are usually with you already when you come to the dealership, but just in case we mention them.  If you are buying your first vehicle or wanting to possibly shop for insurance quotes your sales professional can assist you in finding auto insurance. You will need full comprehensive auto insurance. If you are unsure of the type of insurance you have check with your insurance agency.

Down Payment:

Sometimes to keep your monthly payments at a manageable amount you will need to put some money down. This can be done by cash, personal check, or certified check.

Proof of Residence and Proof of Income:

Not everyone will have to supply these documents, but we figure it is best to have them and not need them vs. needing them and not having them.  Proof of residence can simply be a utility bill or other type of bill with your name on the bill that shows you live at your place of residence.  Proof of income is simply a pay stub or pay stubs that you supply that show your income matches what you have provided on your credit application.  These two documents will help us talk with the banks to get you approved for your auto loan.

Clean Your Trade In:

This isn't something you need to bring with you but more of a suggestion. If you are trading in your current vehicle for a new one you don't want to spend a lot of time transferring stuff from your old car to the new one. Make sure to remove all non-essential papers. Do not forget to transfer your garage door opener from your old vehicle to to your new one.  

If you have these items with you the car buying experience will be a little more smooth. A sales professional at Shortline Mitsubishi will also be able to assist you with any other items you will need to bring with you to the dealership.
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