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CAR-BUYING CHECKLIST: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN LOOKING FOR A NEW GMC

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There’s a lot to consider when you’re in the market for a new GMC. From finding the right vehicle that suits your needs to financing your purchase, the experience can seem intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be.

To conquer the process of leasing or buying a new truck or SUV, here’s a checklist to help guide you through the steps — from researching vehicle features to discovering the right financing options.

TAKE THE LEAD

GMC builds Professional Grade pickup trucks and SUVs that are bold, capable and precisely crafted. When you’re ready to start your search, begin by researching your options.

  • Visit our current offers page and enter your ZIP Code to get started
  • Select the model that fits your lifestyle
  • Search for inventory in your area

MAKE IT YOURS

Select features that fit your lifestyle to get the most out of your new GMC:

  • Research comfort and safety features online
  • Review trim levels and tech capabilities
  • Prioritize desired add-ons and capabilities (towing, roof racks, etc.)

CRUNCH THE NUMBERS

When estimating your payment, remember to account for the following:

  • Down payment (if applicable)
  • Monthly payment
  • Insurance
  • Fuel costs or electric charging, tolls, parking
  • Regular maintenance

LEASE OR BUY?

Many factors — including your financial situation, driving habits and intended use for the vehicle — may weigh on your decision to lease or buy a vehicle. Here are some thoughts that might tip the scale one way or the other.

Leasing might be right if you:

Buying might be right if you:

Seek potentially lower monthly payments.

Want to eventually own the vehicle at the end of your contract.

Know how many miles you typically drive.

Own the road and can’t be tied to a mileage limit.

Want to experience “new” more often.

Have a hard time parting with your trusty vehicle.

Leasing might be right if you:

Seek potentially lower monthly payments.

Know how many miles you typically drive.

Want to experience “new” more often.

Buying might be right if you:

Want to eventually own the vehicle at the end of your contract.

Own the road and can’t be tied to a mileage limit.

Have a hard time parting with your trusty vehicle.

Still can’t decide? See other differences and more on the lease or buy page.

SECURE THE FUNDS

Apply online and find out if you prequalify for financing to:

  • Get a better sense of what you can afford
  • Save time at the dealership

SEIZE THE DAY

Before you head out to your dealership, contact them about the vehicle you’re interested in and that you want to learn more with a test drive (or two). Documentation requirements for a test drive could vary according to the dealership, but you may want to prepare the following for your visit.

  • For the test drive:
    • Driver’s license and proof of insurance
  • To begin the purchase process:
    • Prequalified financing letter and proof of employment, residency and income (if applicable)
    • Down payment and bank account information

BRING IT HOME

If you’re trading in a vehicle at the dealership, remember to do the following before driving your new vehicle off the lot:

  • Check your trade-in vehicle and remove all personal items, like sunglasses, toll tags or parking placards
  • Delete personal information that may have been saved to the infotainment system, like home address, Bluetooth® pairings or contacts
  • Hand over items a new owner might need, like the keys, title, registration, maintenance records and the Owner’s Manual

SHOP. CLICK. DRIVE.

If you’re ready to start your search for a new GMC from home, check out Shop-Click-Drive. This simple online system allows you to search inventory, calculate payments and initiate the process — 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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