Buying your first car

Whether you're a recent graduate or a new driver who just got their license, buying your first car, truck, or SUV is exciting. Before you drive off of the lot, there are several factors to consider that will help you enjoy your new vehicle for years to come. First, decide whether a new or used vehicle is ideal for you. Consider maintenance costs, your budget, and your daily commute because used, certified pre-owned, and new cars offer unique pros and cons. After that, follow the rest of the steps in the guide below to help you discover which new car, truck, or SUV to add to your driveway.

If you have questions, feel free to call the product specialists at Donley Ford Shelby at (888) 323-6154.

Choose Your Model

Have you thought about which body style you want? This is a great first step in deciding on a new vehicle. For example, if you need ample cargo volume, think about a hatchback or SUV. In addition to body style, consider your driving habits as well. People who have a long commute may want to consider a hybrid, while the drivers who tow the family trailer on weekends should consider the Ford F-150 pickup truck or Ford Explorer SUV. After you start to narrow down the models you're interested in, read our comprehensive model reviews to learn more about the car, pickup, or SUV you're considering in detail.

Choose a Trim Level

Now that you've decided on a model, think about the driving experience you would like. Each trim level comes standard with a different collection of features that provide different driving experiences. Do you want seamless connectivity features to keep you entertained and in touch with the office? Do you need power adjustable seating with lumbar support to keep your back from getting tired on road trips to the campsite? Do you want the most powerful engine available? As you envision the drive you want, see which trim level or optional packages are equipped with the features on your wish list. In our model research hub, trim level comparisons break down specs and feature availability for models available at our Ford dealership in Shelby, OH.

Decide on Leasing or Buying

Unless you can afford to pay for a new car out of pocket, leasing or buying a vehicle are your only options. There are pros and cons to each payment plan, and it takes more consideration than just your budget. Keep in mind whether you want to add customizations, prefer a vehicle under warranty, or anticipate exceeding 10,000 miles a year, to name a few considerations. Whether you should buy or lease is ultimately a personal decision, but our finance specialists are more than willing to help you.

View Available Incentives or Lease Specials

If you're eligible, savings are yours for the taking whether you decide to lease or finance a vehicle from Donley Ford Shelby. Specials include low annual percentage rates, monthly payments, and cash back allowances, any of which could save you hundreds or thousands.

Fill Out a Financing Application

To help you afford the Ford SUV, car, or pickup you're considering, our finance specialists need a little information about you and your credit history. To save you time when you visit our dealership, our secure finance application is online. Complete it from the comfort of your home or office, and a team member will get in touch with you shortly.

Schedule a Test Drive

Now that you know exactly which model you want to take home, schedule a test drive and get behind the wheel for yourself. It's the only surefire way to know if it lives up to your standards or not. Make your appointment through our online form or give us a call during business hours to speak with a team member directly.

Contact Us for Any Additional Questions

Do you need clarification about anything? Vehicle availability? How features work? Need directions to our dealership? No question is too hard or too simple for the team of experts at Donley Ford Shelby. Don't hesitate to give us a call at (888) 323-6154.

Visit the Dealership

Buying your first car

We're only a 15-minute drive from Crestline and a 25-minute drive from Willard and Mansfield, OH. If you need help with directions, use our helpful trip planner to find the quickest directions to Donley Ford Shelby.