Bought A New Car? 3 Things To Do Before Leaving The Dealership

Posted on: 22 April 2016

After buying a brand new car, it's normal to want to jump behind the wheel and hit the road as soon as possible. Even after the dotted line has been signed, however, there are a few things that you should do before leaving the dealership. Take care of these three things before you hit the highway, and you'll be glad that you did. 

1. Contact Your Insurance Company

First of all, you'll need to contact your insurance company. You'll need to provide the vehicle identification number (VIN) so that you can add your car to your policy. This will ensure that you are abiding by state laws and that you and your vehicle -- as well as any damage to any other vehicle or property -- will be covered if something happens when you leave the dealership. You may be able to add your car to your policy online, or you might have to call your insurance agent to get it done.

2. Get Your Temporary Tags

Your dealership should handle filling out and submitting the paperwork so that you can get a permanent registration card and license plate. However, you'll need a temporary tag and temporary registration card in the meantime. Luckily, your dealership should be able to provide you with this things so that you'll be doing things the legal way when you jump behind the wheel.

3. Sign Up for Maintenance Reminders

Many dealerships have mechanic's shops, where you can have your car maintained in the future. It's a good idea to have this work done at the dealership since the dealership will know what needs to be done to take good care of your car and to maintain your vehicle warranty. Many mechanic's shops inside dealerships will give you maintenance alerts via email or telephone so that you know when to take your car in for service. This can be helpful since it can remind you to have your car serviced when it needs it. Ask your sales professional if your dealership offers this type of service, and consider signing up for it so that you can keep your car in good condition for as long as possible.

Before you get behind the wheel of your brand new car, make sure that you follow these three steps. Then, you shouldn't have anything to worry about when you hit the highway in your brand new pride and joy.