How to Research, Test Drive, and Finance Your Very First Car

If you never purchased a car on your own before, you have come to the right place to learn about what to expect when buying your first car. At Champion Chrysler Jeep® Dodge RAM FIAT, we know that the car-buying process can take a toll on you both mentally and physically. But if you go about it the right way, the experience may actually be more enjoyable. Here are some tips on how to approach the car buying process at our Jeep dealership near Los Angeles, CA.


When researching, consider important aspects of the vehicle such as:

  • Fuel efficiency: Especially important for commuters, the fuel efficiency rating of a vehicle lets you know how far you can go before stopping to get gas. For example, the 2019 Jeep Compass is rated for 30 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city.
  • Cargo space: For growing families, hauling passengers isn’t enough. They require the ability to haul cargo and equipment as well, so make sure to take a close look at the available cargo space of vehicles.
  • Performance: Have you thought about how a vehicle does off-road? Or how well it performs in muddy conditions? These are some things you should consider when looking for a vehicle. For example, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee comes in available 4×4 system that provides the utmost in traction and stability.

Test Drive

A good test drive includes the testing of the pedals to see if you are compatible with the amount of pressure it requires to accelerate and decelerate; checking the blind spots to ensure that you can spot obstructions with ease, and finally, if you’re comfortable in the seat, behind the wheel, and even with the cargo space. Being comfortable is important in enjoying your vehicle.


When you meet with the dedicated staff of financial experts at our California Jeep dealership, you’ll be in good hands as you figure out a budget and how much you’re willing to spend to keep your new vehicle. Our finance center near Cerritos can help you with everything you need to secure a loan.

Why Choose Us?

We are experts in pairing new car-buyers with vehicles that suit their driving needs as well as budget. So if you’re looking for a Downey, CA, Jeep dealer who can help guide you along the way, look no further than us. We’re located at 9655 Firestone Blvd. We invite you to come check out our entire inventory. We hope to see you soon!