What to Bring to the Dealership

Closing Checklist

  1. Valid driver's license
  2. Proof of insurance
  3. Checkbook (and possibly a credit card for part of the down payment if they'll let you—we like to get the points!)
  4. Pre-approved check or letter with interest rate
  5. Vehicle Registration for your trade-in
  6. Title or loan documentation
  7. Your trade-in, including all spare keys and manuals. Optional: any regular maintenance documentation that may help establish a higher value.
  8. Trade-in appraisal
  9. The salesman's email with the specification of the car and agreed upon price

Even though you've setup the deal online, don't be afraid to ask for a test drive before you close the deal. It is also a good idea in order to check the car for any dings or scratches and make sure you are getting the trim and options you paid for.