What are the best tips for buying a car? Whether you're buying new or pre-owned, there are several important steps and pieces of advice that drivers need to remember when choosing to buy a new car or SUV from our St. Louis area Volvo dealership.

How To Buy A Car

The team at our St. Louis area Volvo dealership has met and helped customers from all walks of life, from a driver buying the latest high-end SUV to customers who inquire about our most cost-effective pre-owned models. We've developed the following strategy for adding a car that's new, or new to you:

  1. Do Your Homework.
    Our website has the exact specifications and details on every model and trim level. Any driver in the St. Louis area considering a Volvo model should take advantage of the specific information available on our website.
  2. Financing Matters.
    Our Volvo dealership works with over 30 local banks, national banks, and credit unions including Volvo's manufacturer backed financing. Discuss your options with one of our finance specialists. Our goal is 100% approval and we will work with St. Louis area drivers with less than perfect credit.
  3. Get a price for your trade-in if you have one.
    The team at our Volvo dealership gives honest appraisals with guidance from NADA, Black book and Kelley Bluebook as industry standard valuation sources. We recommend that customers run a CarFax or AutoCheck report to fully understand their vehicle's history. Service records, bodywork and damage will all come into play when getting a trade-in evaluation.
  4. Determine which trim level you want.
    It's important to consider "want" items versus "need" items. Do you want a turbocharger or will you be happy with a standard engine? Will you want enhanced technology options? It's a great idea to contact one of the product specialists at West County Volvo if you have any questions or need specific information. We also encourage you to checkout the model research pages with detailed specs, features available on all Volvo models.
  5. Start Test-driving.
    You probably have a list of vehicles you are interested in. It's time to get behind the wheel and see how they feel. This should narrow your focus down to just one or two models.
  6. Know and understand the pricing options.
    Our Volvo dealership doesn't list prices on our website because we don't want to be concerned with trying to constantly match or beat our competitors. We would rather focus on the vehicle and price that meets the specific customer needs.
  7. Come Prepared.
    Make sure to bring Drivers License, Insurance, Title for your trade if you have one, SSN number if financing a vehicle, and your check book if you are putting money down.
  8. Review all the paperwork.
    Our finance experts will be there to assist or explain any terms that might be confusing. The team at our Volvo dealership has heard every question and provided clear answers every time.

Top Tips For Buying a Car

  • There isn't any "best time to buy".
    Incentives and rebates are updated monthly, and the best time to buy might not be at the end of the year. It's possible to get a great deal with finance or lease incentives at any point.
  • Listen to suggestions.
    West County Volvo sales team members can be a great resource if you allow them to be. All 8 of our sales representatives have completed the Volvo Master certification. This means that they have over 30 hours of initial training with Volvo plus quarterly training updates. There simply isn't a better Volvo sales team in the St. Louis area than ours.
  • Learn as much as you can about your car's features.
    It's possible to drive a car for months without knowing every little detail. Make sure to ask plenty of questions, our product specialists can walk you through each option and feature as many times as it takes for you to become comfortable with your purchase.
  • Bring people who might share the vehicle with you.
    It may be unpleasant to bring small children on a test drive, but they will have to sit in a car while you're driving. Let them feel like they're a part of the process and help mommy or daddy decide which car they should buy. They might even make a few observations that you don't think of.

Any driver in the St. Louis area looking to get into a new Volvo or pre-owned model needs to stop by our dealership. Our courteous and professional staff will do their best to assist you in any way possible. Contact us through our online contact form or by phone at (877) 557-2352. A contact form and a vehicle quick quote request form is also available on the right hand side of this page as well as right at the bottom of this page.



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  • Tuesday 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM-9:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM-9:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
Car Buying Tips for St. Louis drivers 

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