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3 Tips for First Time Car Buyers in Fort Wayne, IN

3 Tips for First Time Car Buyers in Fort Wayne, IN

Here at Bart’s Car Store we want to help you navigate through the car-buying process and see how enjoyable it can be. If this is your first time getting a vehicle, keep reading for a few of our top tips! We look forward to talking with you soon! 

Plan Your Budget

One of the first things you’ll want to do when it comes to preparing for your purchase is to establish a budget. Not only is this a practical necessity, but it will also help save time by streamlining your shopping process. Knowing a general price range that you can afford, also known as your purchasing power, let’s you quickly narrow down vehicle options here on our site or in person. Start by taking your monthly income and deducting all of your current expenses, such as rent, utilities, food, and credit card bills. The amount leftover is a good estimate for your monthly car payment, although you’ll likely want to stay lower just to plan for unexpected purchases. 

Know Your Credit Score

Another key element in getting your first vehicle is your credit score. For many first-time car buyers, a challenge occurs because they often don’t have a credit history at all. If that’s you, not to worry! We have special finance options that help you get approved for an affordable loan regardless of your lack of credit score. For those who have had some financial difficulty and are worried about it keeping them from getting a vehicle, we have you covered as well. You can get pre-approved right away without adding any personal information with our quick form! Thanks to our online Payment Calculator you can also avoid complicated math and quickly see your estimated buying power or monthly breakdown based on sticker price. 

Find the Right Type of Vehicle

Our final piece of advice is to be realistic about your vehicle needs. If you are a college student or recent graduate, a compact sedan may be the ideal choice since it gets you where you need to go as efficiently as possible. If you frequently need to transport gear for work, consider a compact crossover or a hatchback with a folding rear seat. Once you have a vehicle segment in mind, you can start to create a list with amenities you’d like to have, such as a center stack touchscreen or remote start and the fun really begins! Our selection of quality pre-owned vehicles can be viewed online at any time, so get ready to be impressed. 

If you have any questions about our top three tips for first time car buyers in Fort Wayne, IN, give us a call! Bart’s Car Store has three convenient Indiana locations to serve you and affordable finance options.


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Craig Hart
Craig Hart
GOOGLE
5-26-2020
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Great people work there

Corey Canady
Corey Canady
GOOGLE
5-12-2020
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Big jim & james are awesome!! Great place !!

DeAndre Adams
DeAndre Adams
GOOGLE
4-9-2020
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So far I have had a superb experience with Bart's. Big Jim is by far the best salesman I have ever encountered. Very professional very thorough and was able to get us a better deal than we initially thought we could get.

Marriah Auctavia Whaley
Marriah Auctavia Whaley
GOOGLE
3-14-2020
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I would rate a 10 if I could! I've never had better service and I've been to Disney World multiple times!!! Between Cory, Don, and Terry, I would go there just to say hi! They truly took care of me when buying an "as-is" car. I love you all! I will be back to get my actual car, and when I'm buying my daughter her first car... im sending everyone I know!.. Thank you so much for your great service!! Love, A Very Satisfied Customer

Cindy Stevens
Cindy Stevens
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3-11-2020
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Lisa Mitchell
Lisa Mitchell
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3-11-2020
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Kevin Rivera
Kevin Rivera
GOOGLE
3-11-2020
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Very polite, friendly and helpful staff. They were able to work with my bad credit and get me in a 2013 Chrysler 200. If you go there ask for Big Jim he's the man!

Very good!

Sydney
CARS
3-9-2020
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Very nice place to look for cars at! Hopefully you get Corey if you go here, he’s the best! Doesn’t push you in any way, he just showed me what I was qualified for based on my budget. Everyone is very nice!

deathgirl 767
deathgirl 767
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3-6-2020
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Prices are clearly listed on the windshields. Salesman are very friendly and knowledgeable

Odie Culver
Odie Culver
GOOGLE
2-29-2020
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Bettiann Rogers Jackson
Bettiann Rogers Jackson
GOOGLE
2-28-2020
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Tiffany Mullins
Tiffany Mullins
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2-27-2020
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Pamela Warner
Pamela Warner
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2-13-2020
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MARK NEEDLER
MARK NEEDLER
GOOGLE
2-11-2020
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Kind and helpful sales people.

Milliman
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2-10-2020
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Real polite folks

Laura Garza
Laura Garza
GOOGLE
2-10-2020
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I bought a 2016 Honda CRV and I am so happy with my purchase. Nate was a big help and made sure that I had everything I needed before taking the vehicle.

Dr.HarleenQuinnzel
Dr.HarleenQuinnzel
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2-7-2020
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Ann Sordelet
Ann Sordelet
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1-25-2020
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Shawn Uptgraft
Shawn Uptgraft
GOOGLE
1-24-2020
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GuruK15QG
GuruK15QG
CARGURUS
1-15-2020
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Very helpful and friendly .

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GOOGLE
12-26-2019
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Bought my 2004 Toyota Highlander from here and have had no issues! Car has ran great since I got it! The help I received was fantastic and it made the experience easier and much less stressful! Would 10/10 recommend looking here for a car.

mike smallback
mike smallback
GOOGLE
12-22-2019
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"Troy helped my family buy our 2 nd car from barts car..."

Michelle
DEALERRATER
12-2-2019
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Troy helped my family buy our 2 nd car from barts car store. Great cars at great prices! He went above and beyond to find a car that i felt comfortable driving during a hard time in my life. Shortly after a very bad accident! Thank you Troy!

Lauren Hess
Lauren Hess
GOOGLE
11-29-2019
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We made a three hour drive to look at a truck and it was exactly the truck that Andrew told us it was. We were very pleased with our experience buying from him. Very nice and willing to work with us. I would recommend Andrew and Josh to anyone looking for a vehicle. Thanks again Barts 😃

Dylan Kemp
Dylan Kemp
GOOGLE
11-26-2019
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My man Troy went to the MOON to get an approval for my car. Highly recommend, no pressure, very friendly staff.

C Swizzle
C Swizzle
GOOGLE
10-30-2019
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Captain Steve
Captain Steve
GOOGLE
10-14-2019
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Ryan White
Ryan White
GOOGLE
10-11-2019
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We were very happy with the experience. We went to the Illinois Road Lot and explained our needs to Caleb and he was quick to get us into something we could afford. We have a special needs son that we have to take to riley every few months and as soon as we explained he got us a good reliable car so we can get him back and forth. I would definitely recommend we went to several other lots with pushy, vulture salesman trying to get us in something that was above our means but Caleb was not pushy and worked with us. Thanks so much it means the world to my family!

Kasey Bucher
Kasey Bucher
GOOGLE
10-7-2019
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We went to 15 dealerships before finally deciding on a new-to-us suv. Adam was by far the least pushy salesman we dealt with in the process. He is knowledgeable and patient. Absolutely recommend him and Bart's alike.

Barbara Horton
Barbara Horton
GOOGLE
10-1-2019
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Good sales, fair price, great customer service.

David Trott
David Trott
GOOGLE
9-24-2019
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Decent priced

Andrew Leese
Andrew Leese
GOOGLE
9-21-2019
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Ryan Richardson
Ryan Richardson
GOOGLE
9-7-2019
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Great, clean, friendly, and professional staff. I was told by people not to go here, because prices were too high. We spoke to a Corey Poulson who sold us a Cadillac well below retail value to get us a car we are happy with, and could afford on our budget. He also gave our old car a market value above it's worth. We are very happy and satisfied we chose Bart's Car Store. We also love the mugs, keychains, and mats we got. Thank you. Holly and Ryan Richardson.

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