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First Time Car Buyer Shopping Tips near Sleepy Hollow, IL

If you’re preparing to buy your first vehicle, then it’s understandable if you’re feeling a bit nervous or have some reservations. For this reason, the team at McGrath Honda of Elgin is here to bring you up to speed on a few tips that can help facilitate the process and get you the keys to a vehicle you can trust with minimal stress. Of course, you may always contact us if you have any questions before stopping by. 

Prepare a Budget

The first step in the vehicle purchasing process is figuring out how much you can afford to spend. This is especially important if you’re a recent college graduate and have to budget for rent, student loan payments, utilities, and other new obligations. Fortunately, we make this a breeze to determine with our Payment Calculator. After subtracting any known expenses from your monthly income, write down the number that’s left over. Then, use this to guide how much you can afford for a monthly installment. To find out what you can spend, input a few more variables into this tool. That way, you can confirm that your finances and purchasing power match up. 

First Time Buyer Program

Of course, if you’re about to buy a vehicle, then you won’t want to miss out on our competitive First Time Buyer Program. Since most new purchasers are fresh out of school, they often don’t have the credit history necessary to qualify for an auto loan. And, unless you have a parent willing to cosign, you might be out of luck when it comes to securing financing. Fortunately, this program allows new buyers to receive a car loan with low or no credit history at all. Moreover, we don’t require you to have a co-applicant. Simply provide documentation of full-time employment and we’ll get you signed up! Along with these easy terms, this program allows you to access special terms, rates, and incentives on select models for additional savings. 

Research Your Options

Now that you know how far we’re willing to go to make your first vehicle purchase easy, it’s time to take a look at the various models at your disposal. Although you can pick a new or used car, we suggest starting with our pre-owned selection, since these are typically more budget friendly than those that are fresh off the assembly line. Just click on the corresponding dropdown menu to dive in. If you’re not sure where to start, we recommend sorting by price before adding filters for mileage, fuel economy, and year. Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you need help!

We at McGrath Honda of Elgin hope that these first time car buyer shopping tips near Sleepy Hollow, IL, have given you the confidence to visit us in the near future. It won’t be long before you’re holding the keys to a vehicle that you absolutely love!

First Time Car Buyer Shopping Tips near Sleepy Hollow, IL

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First Time Buyer Program Benefits:

  • Special rates for certain models
  • No cosigner required
  • Low credit scores accepted
  • Exclusive college graduate incentives

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Testimonials

Jane Branock
Jane Branock
GOOGLE
7-5-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

We had an awesome sales person , Christian He knew about the car I was interested in and explained so that my questions were answered fully. Please let McGrath Honda help you buy your next car !! Staff is friendly, courteous and knowledgeable.

Jeffrey Tierney
Jeffrey Tierney
GOOGLE
7-4-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Riyhann was great to work with! Highly recommend. Very nice and positive and knows what she is doing. Got a 2016 Certified CR-V. It’s great! Finance department was great as well. Not pushy, but to the point. Didn’t feel pressure at all. Thanks!

Jane Turley
Jane Turley
GOOGLE
7-4-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Everyone at McGrath Honda made buying my beautiful new Honda Accord Hybrid easy and took excellent care of me!!

Lisa S
Lisa S
GOOGLE
7-4-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Fantastic experience working with Riyhann Priester...no pressure, patient, thorough, knowledgeable, competent, and kind. We had started our car search at a Honda dealer in Crystal Lake, and were abused and badgered by an older male salesman. So Riyhann not only was able to "make up for the sins" of another Honda dealer, but was also, by far, the best Honda sales associate we have worked with in decades. In addition, she treated my daughter with respect and courtesy, despite her being 18, and set a "gold standard " for the appropriate way to be treated. For my next vehicle, I will definitely go to McGrath first!

Maureen Economos
Maureen Economos
GOOGLE
7-4-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Amazing customer service! Clean showroom!

Eric Marmito
Eric Marmito
GOOGLE
7-4-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Excellent and fast service!

Emily Hedrick
Emily Hedrick
GOOGLE
7-3-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

"Everyone I worked with was professional and helpful,yet..."

Little blue honda
DEALERRATER
7-2-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Everyone I worked with was professional and helpful,yet sincere concerning my needs. Young woman that helped me the first visit was very helpful and attentive. Sorry I can't remember her name..

Jerry Bartels
Jerry Bartels
GOOGLE
7-2-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Kari Christensen
Kari Christensen
GOOGLE
7-2-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Nice people, excellent service! I leased this car last summer, I’ve been super happy with the entire process.

Rafael Rivera, Jr.
Rafael Rivera, Jr.
GOOGLE
7-1-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Gregory Vice
Gregory Vice
GOOGLE
6-29-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

McGrath had the car that I was looking for, the process was fast and easy.

Luis Torres
Luis Torres
GOOGLE
6-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Julie Dunning
Julie Dunning
GOOGLE
6-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star
DoubleXP Games
DoubleXP Games
GOOGLE
6-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

The hour wait for our already appointed time was the only hinderance. The service was grand and the printout of work done was great. The car wash was welcomed. The tire light came on and checked pressure when we got home....Was 35 and tires were hot. Next day the message cleared.

Archan Vyas
Archan Vyas
GOOGLE
6-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

After a previous horrible experience, Elgin Honda redeemed themselves when my family and I went to purchase a new car. The only reason for that was Jim Diller. An very informed individual, of high character, and outstanding customer service, Jim Diller provided great explanations and clarifications during the process. When the finance department came in with some absurd rates, Jim was patient and helped us get a reasonable rate. Without a doubt, if you go here, go for Jim Diller.

Donald Torisky
Donald Torisky
GOOGLE
6-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Joshua Emory
Joshua Emory
GOOGLE
6-28-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

This was my first time buying a car and thanks to James Diller he made my experience much easier. He more wanted to educate me on the car and wanted me to like it rather than just trying to sell me the car. I’ve been to other Honda dealerships but I didn’t get the same good feeling as I did with Jim. Because of how he treated me and educated me I felt more than comfortable coming back and doing business with him rather than someone else. Everyone was very polite and took me seriously as a buyer unlike the other dealerships I went to. So I would just like to say thanks to James Diller on a good first experience into buying a car.

"No Pressure Buying"

thempetersens
DEALERRATER
6-27-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

McGrath has created a very comfortable atmosphere in which to buy a car. No pressure, no hassles and a huge selection of cars to choose from. They also have an outstanding service department!

Saul Bautista
Saul Bautista
GOOGLE
6-27-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Rohina Salahuddin
Rohina Salahuddin
GOOGLE
6-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

Employees are very nice. We worked with one of the employee name Ayesha, She has good idea about cars. She is humble and helpful. The manager was kinda rude though. But, Overall, we had good experience.

Charles R.
YELP
6-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I had found the vehicle I was looking for and arrived at McGrath to see if we could work a deal. Bryan was my Sales Person and he is in my mind one of their best Salesman. We negotiated and were able to find common ground and I'm extremely happy with the Deal, Dealership and Especially my Salesman Bryan. Thank you for one of the best and easiest buying experiences I have had in years!

Cindy Brown
Cindy Brown
GOOGLE
6-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Very welcoming dealership, great experience from start to finish.

Alan Asod
Alan Asod
GOOGLE
6-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

"McGrath Honda of Elgin has overall Excellent customer..."

Ofelia
DEALERRATER
6-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

McGrath Honda of Elgin has overall Excellent customer service, Jim Diller and Joe Lara are an extraordinary example of same, therefore, I highly recommend them!!!👍

Trajce Lostovski
Trajce Lostovski
GOOGLE
6-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Daniel Stern
Daniel Stern
GOOGLE
6-25-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Friendly and knowledgeable sales and service team, thank you.

Manmohan Singh
Manmohan Singh
GOOGLE
6-25-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Robert K.
YELP
6-25-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I had a terrific buying experience at mcgrath honda. Michael did a fantastic job with the sale. Very no pressure situation. Believe it or not I made it out of the dealership without a manager trying to be my best friend and hard selling me. After 3 months of dealing with this looking for cars at other dealerships this was a refreshing experience. It was like I actually was talking to the guy who was going to sell me the car. Oh yeah, the car is great too. I bought used, but even the concerns I had were quickly taken care of by the service department. I rolled out of there with a like new car, and yes it was competitively priced. Couldn't find another one as clean and with that many options within 200 miles of me. Will definitely return when I need to replace one of my other vehicles. Oh, the finance department was much different too. It was the first time I had a finance person explain an extended warranty to me where I didn't feel like I was be threatened.

Carole Sieracki
Carole Sieracki
GOOGLE
6-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
ricardo moncayo
ricardo moncayo
GOOGLE
6-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Jeff A
Jeff A
GOOGLE
6-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Recently had routine maintenance on my Civic. Gerardo took care of me immediately after I pulled in. He was very informative and let me know exactly what they were going to do before they performed any service. I highly recommend them!

"Kevin Downing purchaseda CR-V"

kdowning
DEALERRATER
6-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I had very pleasant experience. Ayesha and the Finance Manager were very easy to work with. The CR-V I purchased is just what my wife wanted.Thanks!

"Everyone went out of their way to take care of us, make..."

tonymarcia2010
DEALERRATER
6-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Everyone went out of their way to take care of us, make us feel comfortable and happy with our choice. Thank you all so much!

Tammy Vandermey
Tammy Vandermey
GOOGLE
6-23-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Sally Vincent
Sally Vincent
GOOGLE
6-23-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Estimated time was correct. Car was washed and serviced professionally.

Laurin Bober
Laurin Bober
GOOGLE
6-23-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Always receive expert customer service. My car and I thank you!

Shari Gutzmer
Shari Gutzmer
GOOGLE
6-23-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Natalie Reed
Natalie Reed
GOOGLE
6-23-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

"After a bad experience at a different Honda dealer the..."

stephenrobertdavern
DEALERRATER
6-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

After a bad experience at a different Honda dealer the night before, we were treated to fair and friendly experience the following day at McGrath Honda of Elgin and we are glad to leave a review and list this dealership as highly recommended. Thank you Danial, Mo and Mark for a great car and buying experience.

Samantha Wild
Samantha Wild
GOOGLE
6-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
william audino
william audino
GOOGLE
6-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Guillermo in service was excellent! He always exceeds my expectations every time I come! He found where there was a puncture in my tire where a nail was and patched it up for me and always takes care of any and all needs I have! Kelly and Whitney in service explained and fixed any issues I had in a very professional manner aswell! I absolutely love the service Honda McGrath of Elgin provides and will only take my vehicle here to get serviced! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

Jim McCune
Jim McCune
GOOGLE
6-21-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Julio Pardo III
Julio Pardo III
GOOGLE
6-21-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Amber Runyan
Amber Runyan
GOOGLE
6-21-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Ofelia DeLira
Ofelia DeLira
GOOGLE
6-21-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

McGrath Honda of Elgin by far has Excellent customer service!!! Jim Diller, Sales Consultant was very professional and made the utmost effort to assist and render knowledgeable information for the purchase of my new CR-V! Joe Lara, Finance Mgr, was top notch! Thx

Regina Eppley
Regina Eppley
GOOGLE
6-20-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
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