While shopping for a used car can be fun, it can also be a long an exhausting journey. If you’ve found the perfect vehicle and got through the financial process, you’re almost home free. However, there are still some important steps to take.

1. Get Proof of Ownership

You definitely don’t want to leave the dealership without proof that you now own your vehicle. Getting the bill of sale – which is basically a receipt – is vital. If you pay for your car completely, you also need to make sure you get the title. If you’re financing, the lender will hang on to this until the car is paid off.

2. Contact Your Insurance Company

Because it’s illegal to drive without insurance, you shouldn’t go anywhere without having your vehicle covered. This is why you’ll want to talk to your insurance company at the dealership to update your policy or get a new one.

3. Register Your Vehicle

While the dealership will give you a temporary license plate, eventually you will need to get a permanent one. To do this, you will have to register your car with the DMV. This involves showing them the bill of sale or title, proof of insurance, and your identification.

4. Make a Service Appointment

When you drive off the lot, you can be pretty sure that your car is in fantastic condition. And to keep it that way, you have to get regular service. Routine oil changes, tire rotations, and battery and brake checks will maintain your vehicle’s great health.

I.G. Burton Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM of Berlin makes the used car purchasing process as easy as possible. Plus, our service center can put your car on a schedule so you never miss any maintenance tasks.