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Capitol Used Vehicles

For most people, buying a new car is a big step. When you're buying your first vehicle, it feels even bigger. The ins and outs of purchasing a car can be frightening and confusing, especially when it comes to financing. This is why we've put together a guide for first-time car buyers to ease some of the stress, and let you know exactly what to expect. We want to see you in a car that's ideal for your needs with the finance option that's right for your budget.

Tips & Advice

One of the first things you should do is make a list of features you would like to have in your new vehicle.

  • How much room will you need for passengers?
  • Will you need to carry a lot of cargo?
  • How much will insurance cost?
  • How far will you be driving the vehicle?
  • What safety features are important to you?
  • What luxury features will you want?
  • Will you want an upgraded engine?
  • Will you want an upgraded sound system?

Establish A Budget

When you sit down to figure out your budget, the most important thing is to make sure it's realistic. How much can you afford to pay toward a car payment each month? First, calculate your other living expenses; rent/mortgage, food, health insurance, etc. Remember to include the expenses that come with owning a car: fuel, maintenance/upkeep, and insurance. The remainder will give you an idea of the maximum amount you should spend on car payment.

Take A Test Drive

Schedule a test drive for a used vehicle at Capitol Auto

How many times have you researched a product online before buying it, only to realize it doesn't fit your needs once you receive it? The same thing can happen when purchasing a car. This is why it's important to take a test drive. There are so many variables at play when it comes to driving a car that it's always best to spend time behind the wheel before you make your final decision. Things like seat comfort and height, outward visibility, steering feel, control placement, and so much more can make or break how you feel while driving. It's best to spend at least thirty minutes on your test drive at different speeds to get the full effect. To schedule your test drive, contact any of our friendly team members at Capitol Used Cars.


Once you've found your perfect vehicle, the next step is financing. Capitol Used Cars is ready to help you find the financial options that will work best with your budget. Our on-site financial team can walk you through the process, explain everything in easy-to-understand terms, and answer any questions you may have.

Enjoy Your New Vehicle from Capitol Used Cars

We understand how confusing and stressful buying your first car can be; but at Capitol Used Cars, we're here to make that process as easy and painless as possible. Our friendly, knowledgeable team is here for you every step of the way. We offer low finance rates, and we have a wide variety of quality used cars, trucks, and SUVs to choose from. Trust us to walk you through the process and enjoy your new vehicle.

Shop Your Way on the Parkway at Capitol Used Cars

For over 90 years, the Capitol Auto Group has been serving the Salem area. We strive to offer the best in customer service, making your time with us easy and enjoyable. At Capitol Used Cars, you can browse through our extensive inventory of used cars, trucks, and SUVs to find the vehicle that best suits your needs. When you choose your ideal car, our experienced finance team will find the best option for you that will fit your budget. Stop by and see us at 3235 Cherry Ave NE in Salem; we can't wait to get you behind the wheel of your next dream car.

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