First-Time Car Buyers
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For just about everyone, buying your first car is a frightening process. You probably have questions like: how much can I really afford? How do I choose a vehicle that I won't regret buying soon after I leave the dealership? Not to worry. The Capitol Used Car Center is here to tell you everything you need to know. We have a vested interest in you being satisfied with every aspect of your shopping and owning experiences. After all, that's how we gain new and returning customers. So read on, and we'll show you all the ins-and-outs of the whole process.

Tips & Advice

A good first thing to do in your car quest is to choose the right kind of vehicle, by asking yourself some important questions:

  • How much cargo space will you usually need?
  • How many people might you have in your vehicle?
  • How much can you afford to pay on insurance?
  • What safety features are important to you?
  • Are you looking for an engine with more power?
  • How far and how often will you usually be driving?
  • What level of infotainment system are you looking for?
  • Are there any other luxury features you'd really like to have?

Establish A Budget

If you're one of the many Americans who haven't created a monthly budget, now is an important time to do so. That will help you accurately determine how much money you can realistically afford to spend on your vehicle's monthly payment, the monthly insurance payment, gasoline, and the occasional routine maintenance. The goal is to have a vehicle that's a good fit for you, without putting your finances in a situation where you're struggling. Finding that balance can sometimes be difficult, and the professionals in the Financing Department at the Capitol Used Car Center will be happy to help you.

Take A Test Drive

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There's no substitute for the experience of driving a vehicle to get a feel of how owning it will really be. Especially if the vehicle you're considering purchasing is noticeably bigger or smaller than your current one. Even if it's not, factors like outward visibility, the feel of the seats, the console's ease of use, and the vehicle's overall handling play big roles in how much you will (or won't) enjoy a particular vehicle. So don't just take it around the block; spend at least a half hour on the test drive. Try out things like acceleration, and be sure to use all of the car's nifty gadgets. Schedule a test drive today, and make sure you drive away happy!


This is where most car shoppers - not just first-time buyers - get really nervous. Not only is finance in general stressful for many people, but it's especially worrisome when you're considering making a big purchase. But you don't have to do it alone. At the Capitol Used Car Center, we have a resident team of financial experts who are ready to guide you through this process. They'll make the complicated details of financing easy to understand, so you'll be making smart decisions to find a financing plan that fits your life. It's important to us that you never regret your decision, and we're confident we can keep you happy.

Enjoy Your New Vehicle from Capitol Used Cars

This is the icing on the cake; the payoff from all the time and effort you put into the car buying process. Not only does a car, truck, or SUV do the critical job of getting you from place to place quickly and reliably, but it can make your commuting an enjoyable part of your day, every day. When you have a vehicle you love, it makes a big difference to your overall mood. The Capitol Used Car Center wants to get you into a vehicle that's going to make your commutes and your life better. Come see us to find out what we can do for you!

Car Shopping Your Way On the Parkway

The Capitol Auto Group family of dealerships has been serving Salem, Oregon and the surrounding area for over 90 years. One of the reasons we've been in business for almost a century is that we treat every customer as a unique individual, with unique desires and needs. We call this approach "Your Way On the Parkway", and it's why shopping for a car, truck, or SUV with us is better than it is anywhere else. We have a huge and diverse selection of vehicles, and each one is less expensive than a comparable brand new vehicle. Come on over and see us at 3235 Cherry Avenue Northeast for a relaxed, hassle-free vehicle shopping experience.

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