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So You Bought a New Car…Now What?

on July 13, 2021

So You Bought a New Car…Now What?

on July 13, 2021

Buying a new car is one of the best feelings in the world. You finally have purchased something that will get you from point A to point B without having to ask permission from someone else. It is your pride and joy, and you want to take care of it no matter what happens. 

However, there are steps you have to go through in order to make sure your new car is legally allowed on the road. Whether it be a buggy, a pickup truck, or a minivan, the steps are the same and may cost you a little bit of money in the process.

Let’s give a little bit of a rundown of what you will have to do before you can legally drive your new car!

Insure

Your vehicle needs to be insured in order to be driven. If you are pulled over for any reason, most states will impound your vehicle on the spot if there is no insurance. This is meant to protect the driver in case they are to get into an accident. 

The bare minimum that most states require is Bodily Injury Liability Insurance (BI), Property Damage Liability Insurance (PD), Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Insurance (UIM), and Personal Injury Protection (PIP). 

You can check here to see what your state requires when it comes to insurance. Make sure that you arm yourself with this information so that you can legally drive your new car!

Register and Transfer

Most new car lots take care of this while you are in the shop buying the car. However, for places that do not do this, you will need to transfer the title over to your name and register it. This can be done at your local DMV or MVC facility. 

These may have different prices depending on your state, but registration also depends on what kind of vehicle you have. Registration payment takes into account the amount you paid for the vehicle, how many miles are on it, what kind of car it is classified as and many other things. 

Be sure to bring money for your car registration and title transfer, because there is no way to tell how much you will pay until you get there. 

Familiarize

Make sure that you look through your owner’s manual at least once. There are many things that each car has different from the next. Make sure that you know what to do in case of a breakdown, how to take care of your car, and where to find the important things.

Know Your Warranty

New cars come with a manufacturer’s warranty, or factory warranty, that generally lasts 3 years or 36,000 miles. A manufacturer warranty is a promise from the maker of the vehicle that they back their vehicles. Once this warranty is finished, you are on your own for anything that breaks on your vehicle. 

There is another option! DriveSmart Warranty helps to provide consistent coverage on your vehicle, even after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired. Give them a call today to get a free quote and all your questions answered by a vehicle warranty specialist!

DriveSmart understands that cars tend to break down as they get older. You don’t have to pay for it alone. Make sure to have DriveSmart in your corner the next time you have to bring your car to a mechanic and don’t pay a penny out of pocket!

Blog By Brooke Lazar

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