McGrath Honda of St. Charles
Sales: 630.443.6400
Service: 630.797.4570
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First Time Car Buyer Tips near Downers Grove, IL

First Time Car Buyer Tips near Downers Grove, IL

We'll Get You a Great Deal!

Every driver remembers their very first vehicle. They recall all its quirks and character, and many of the fantastic stories that went along with driving it. However, what few tend to recollect is that buying for the very first time can be a bit intimidating. That’s why we’d like to offer you some great tips if you’re taking your first step into the automotive world with McGrath Honda of St. Charles. Afterwards, you can come to 1411 East Main Street in St. Charles, IL, and put our advice into practice.

Budget Wisely

Perhaps the number one most important thing to keep in mind when you’re purchasing a vehicle is to be smart with your budget. Everyone dreams of having the most upgraded, flashy, attractive vehicle on the road, but sometimes that can be out of your price range. You can avoid issues with your credit score, debt, and more by using tools like our Payment Calculator to make sure that the vehicle you’re after fits into your budget and leaves you with money to spare for all the essentials in life. This will help prevent future stress and ensure that your credit score steadily rises whenever you make one of your regular payments.

Take Advantage of Our Offers!

At McGrath Honda of St. Charles, we want to help out or customers however we can. That’s why we offer both College Graduate Programs1 and Military Appreciation Offers2. If you’re a graduate, you receive great discounts by bringing in proof of a bachelor’s or associates degree from a U.S.-accredited program. You must also be listed on the contract as the primary buyer. That’s all it takes to receive potentially hundreds of dollars off your purchase! If you’ve served in our military, we’re happy to offer you discounts as well. Whether you’re still on active duty or are a veteran, retiree, or spouse, all we need is a Leave and Earnings Statement as proof of service as well as a Military ID.

Remember a Few Things

Finally, when the day comes to join us at our dealership, you won’t want to forget to have a few important items on hand. First of all, make sure that you have your driver’s license! Next, we’ll need to see proof of income for the financing process, so be sure to have several months’ worth of pay stubs on hand. If you have a parent or spouse co-signing, they’ll also need to provide their own proof of income. Finally, make sure that you either bring your Social Security card with you or have the number memorized for when it’s time to complete your paperwork.

We sincerely hope that these first time car buyer tips near Downers Grove, IL, will improve your experience at McGrath Honda of St. Charles. We’re excited to see you drive off our lot in your first ride!


Contact Information


McGrath Honda St. Charles Sales Hours

630.443.6400
Monday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday Closed

Testimonials

"Excellent service as usual! Very attentive and didn’t..."

jacevichkarla
DEALERRATER
1-23-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Excellent service as usual! Very attentive and didn’t take as long. Once done, Carlos went over the paperwork and walked me to my car!

"Dave was not your stereotypical, pushy Car salesman which..."

Gilltzow
DEALERRATER
1-23-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Dave was not your stereotypical, pushy Car salesman which made the process less painful. We’ll visit Dave again for my husband’s next car.

"Juan Carlos - 01.22.20"

dr
DEALERRATER
1-23-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Very friendly. Very informative. He reviewed the checklist and reviewed my next service. Also reviewed the cost with me and got my approval before starting the service

"The team at McGrath has been helpful and willing to work..."

don.kovach
DEALERRATER
1-23-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

The team at McGrath has been helpful and willing to work with me to meet my needs. I appreciated their ability to match my lifestyle with a car that has been awesome!

"Very smooth, I was advised of sevice 2 or 3 times."

JCH1124
DEALERRATER
1-23-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

My current CRV is the 4th Honda I have purchased from McGrath. I have had my cars serviced there as well. The service is always trusted..

"I came in for an oil change and tireRotation. My service..."

jamesfcassin
DEALERRATER
1-23-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I came in for an oil change and tire Rotation. My service advisor was very professional and friendly. He went over my car extensively and even checked on any recalls on my other Honda’s

"Oil change"

vanessavegac
DEALERRATER
1-23-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I was able to get in and out. Juan explained everything in detail and asked me if I had any questions. I was happy because I didn't have to wait long and the advisor was friendly.

"Oil Change, Tire rotation"

Don O
DEALERRATER
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

The McGrath Service Team was very professional and worked to ensure that my oil change and tire rotation was completed in a reasonable amount of time.

"Pleasant experience "

ISAPURELKU
DEALERRATER
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Fast and friendly service. Answered all my questions, and took good care of my vehicle. The time they gave me was as close as it gets.

"upon purchasing the vehicle there were some items that..."

michael.rotger
DEALERRATER
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

upon purchasing the vehicle there were some items that needed attention. Although there was a bit of confusion between the upholstery contractor and the service department, oh my expectations were met. Great job Team

"As usual, everyone at the dealership was awesome! The..."

Julio Medrano
DEALERRATER
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

As usual, everyone at the dealership was awesome! The whole process, from start to finish, was handled very well and professionally. Thank you so much!

"Took Impeccable care of the customer!"

kyrstenjoy
DEALERRATER
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Needed fuel injectors replaced on Pilot- Service center called Honda got them to honor a lower price (since out of mfg warranty by 3k miles) then the dealer covered the rest of the repair! Zach did a great job answering all my questions/concerns, got things figured out fast, car was repaired in 4 hours... all of this took place in the same day. He made sure everything was taken care of and I was happy. I have worked with CJ before in the service center - very approachable, knowledgeable and professional. Always a great experience! Brent worked out the dealership portion of the repair. Felt like my concerns were a priority! He came up to me after the repair was done to introduce himself and ask if all was taken care of. Very nice, touch. Great customer service all around. We will be back in the future!!

Denise Marie
Denise Marie
GOOGLE
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

"Great service! The Staff is always helpful and Very nice..."

cecilia.feinberg
DEALERRATER
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great service! The Staff is always helpful and Very nice and I’m the waiting time was what the said so I didn’t wait more than expected.

"Friendly and Fair"

05dmarie
DEALERRATER
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Everyone has been really great at McGrath; From their sales department to finance and over to their service center. We did not feel pressured or rushed. Tyler has a terrific calmness about him. He listened to our needs and helped us acquire them. I also had some repairs done at the Service Center. Although they had my vehicle longer than expected, the work done was professional. They loaned me a courtesy car and my daily activities were not interrupted at all. Shout out to Alex! - who was wonderful and kind.

"Everyone was extremely pleasant to deal with "

deerad
DEALERRATER
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Everyone was pleasant and easy to deal with. All points were covered and all my questions were answered in a timely manner. A positive experience.

"I asked them if they can get my car ready asap. It was..."

fatimabhatti9
DEALERRATER
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I asked them if they can get my car ready asap. It was done right on time. I am happy and satisfied with this dealership.

"Estaban did an excellent job walking me through..."

RONTROAST
DEALERRATER
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Estaban did an excellent job walking me through everything that needed to be done on my Honda. He reviewed his computer to make sure some of the work hadn’t already been done. He applied my discount coupon and offered me a loaner. Very courteous and professional. Car runs a lot smoother,

"I had a good experience. Making the deal was an easy..."

gmedrano490
DEALERRATER
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I had a good experience. Making the deal was an easy process. The salesman and manager made me fill they wanted as a customer and made everything smooth.

"Much better than they used be - great service"

davidrosenberg
DEALERRATER
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I am local, and have been in the McGrath Honda dealership a few times over the past 12 years or so looking at cars. The sales reps and managers are much, much better than they used to be. It used to feel like the salespeople felt like they were doing you a favor selling you one of their vehicles. Never a warm greeting, sometimes no one would ever come up to you. I never understood that. Now, there is a warm greeting and they are very willing to work on getting you the best vehicle at the best price. Whatever happened the change is very positive and very noticeable. It's nice to give local business to a dealership that now really seems to appreciate it.

"battery change out"

smcassey
DEALERRATER
1-22-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

service was very professional and accommodating. I needed to be brought back to Honda to pick up my car and the porter did so. thank you.

isa purelku
isa purelku
GOOGLE
1-21-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

"Maintenance"

ANTHONY.WLEZIEN
DEALERRATER
1-21-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I was able to get an appointment the same day. CJ greeted me when I arrived, went through the work I needed and said it would take about 2 hours, hopefully less. The work was completed in about 90 minutes. CJ went through the checklist document thoroughly and I was out the door in less than 2 hours.

John Wright
John Wright
GOOGLE
1-20-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Everyone that helped me was Great! They were able to answer all my questions and made the car buying experience painless. I also got a great deal, as I had done much shopping around before stopping in at McGrath

Pritesh Patel
Pritesh Patel
GOOGLE
1-20-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Iwona Jopek
Iwona Jopek
GOOGLE
1-20-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Grant Brady
Grant Brady
GOOGLE
1-19-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Worked with Zack and he was outstanding. Bought a used Hyundai Santa Fe from him and although Hondas are his brand of expertise, he was still knowledgeable regarding the Hyundai. Low pressure, easy to work with. Not necessarily sure I got the best deal i could have, but I was willing to pay a little more to work with someone I didn’t want to immediately punch in the face. Worth pointing out that the paperwork and processing was some of the fastest I’ve experienced in any dealership I’ve bought from. Would definitely return to Zack and Mcgrath Honda.

stephen rubin
stephen rubin
GOOGLE
1-19-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Shop at McGrath St. Charles. A different car buying experience.

"positive, upbeat, informative"

The Richetti Family
DEALERRATER
1-18-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Our experience at McGrath Honda of St. Charles was excellent form start to finish. They are attentive, positive, upbeat and informative. They follow-through on what they promise and everyone we dealt with made the experience positive. We bought a couple of cars 4 years ago which was a fine experience. But our recent experience far surpassed that. I believe they have a new general manager and the difference is palpable. We especially appreciated Darek's easygoing and informative approach. He knows the products well, and was very helpful without being pushy or aggressive. Darek spent hours with us, and was happy to have us test drive as many vehicles as we wanted to. Brent, the sales manager, was also very personable and direct. London and Tom, the finance managers we worked with were patient, helpful and clear in their explanations. We bought three cars from this team in a month and had the same experience each time. Will definitely go back when its time for another Honda.

Carlos Dorado
Carlos Dorado
GOOGLE
1-18-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Lindsay Kaptur
Lindsay Kaptur
GOOGLE
1-18-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I went to Mcgrath Honda in St. Charles and bought a 2017 Honda Accord sport from David I have never had a better car buying experience EVER!! He was very upfront and honest and helped me get the best deal that he could I really felt like he genuinely cared about what I needed for me and my family I would highly recommend you go see him if you need a car .. The whole team was great I will be going back for my next car thank you so much guys I absolutely love my new car !!!! Lindsay kaptur

Armando Guzman
Armando Guzman
GOOGLE
1-18-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Good customer service always smiling Helping people with...

lunatira
CARS
1-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Good customer service always smiling Helping people with our vehicles Checking every detail in our vehicles When i need service i go there for sure

very nice people

maria4927
CARS
1-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

general manager is good on his word iwas told that the part that was causing the problem would be replaced with no cost to us and it was thank you nate

"Service "

ANDWYJ2
DEALERRATER
1-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Juan was very informative, friendly and most important listen! I have taken my cars here for service and never been disappointed. Very glad for up dates that are emailed

Sara Rowe
Sara Rowe
GOOGLE
1-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

My car had some transmission issues and they were more than accommodating. Instead of fixing just a part or two covered by my warranty, they went above and beyond and gave me a whole new transmission to ensure everything would be in great working order when I got the car back. CJ was wonderful in keeping me up to date on everything going on and making sure I got the best service possible.

Jean Gartzke
Jean Gartzke
GOOGLE
1-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

David K was very helpful and made my experience buying my car super easy. Everyone there was just amazing and had such great customer service

"very nice people"

maria4927
DEALERRATER
1-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

general manager is good on his word iwas told that the part that was causing the problem would be replaced with no cost to us and it was thank you nate

Bart Betzen
Bart Betzen
GOOGLE
1-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Naureen Merrani-Ali
Naureen Merrani-Ali
GOOGLE
1-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Excellent customer service with the best deals in town! These people don't play around nor do they waste your time with any tacky gimmicks! They are very professional, well informed and don't make you feels rushed. We were helped by Aldo, Sam, Tom and Nate (Sales and Finance depts). Our family definitely recommends Mcgrath Honda St. Charles. Ask for Sam or Aldo if possible otherwise anyone there will be perfect to help you!

Jean Williams
Jean Williams
GOOGLE
1-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

All went well, car was washed. However, when I got in my car there was a pack of Marlboro on the front Street. I don't smoke! It was empty, but still... Jean

"Good customer service always smiling Helping people with..."

lunatira
DEALERRATER
1-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Good customer service always smiling Helping people with our vehicles Checking every detail in our vehicles When i need service i go there for sure

Nazaria Tostado
Nazaria Tostado
GOOGLE
1-16-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

(Translated by Google) The excellently super friendly service the young man who attended me (Original) El servicio excelentemente super amable el joven que me atendio

Amy Schoen
Amy Schoen
GOOGLE
1-16-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Riley Ward
Riley Ward
GOOGLE
1-16-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Brought my car in for service and Esteban greeted me right when I walked in the door. I was busy, but he kept me updated on my car throughout the day and went through my vehicle inspection over the phone. Could not be more helpful and easy!

Kirk Fisher
Kirk Fisher
GOOGLE
1-16-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Had some tire pressure issues - Chris Resnick took care of the issue in a prompt and friendly way . I appreciate the great service

"Bryan Salas was referred to me and for good reason - he..."

Sue
DEALERRATER
1-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Bryan Salas was referred to me and for good reason - he does a fantastic job. Bryan was so very helpful to answer all my questions and concerns. I felt like he treated me with courtesy and respect. He is the "go to guy" !!

"Prompt and complete"

L.B.
DEALERRATER
1-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I have never been disappointed with McGrath Honda of St. Charles. I have received great service from the time I purchased my vehicle here. All the service team members have been prompt, efficient and reliable. L. B.

Bryan was excellent. I had a challenging situation with...

janbednarz
CARS
1-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Bryan was excellent. I had a challenging situation with needing to find a safe and reliable car quickly. I have a great fun car and love it!

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Dealership Information

1 The Honda Graduate Program is limited to the 48 U.S. contiguous states, Alaska and Hawaii. [1] For well-qualified customers who meet Honda Graduate Program criteria, subject to approval by Honda Financial Services (HFS). Bonus offer applies toward any new 2018 or newer model year Honda when financed or leased through HFS. Only offered at participating dealerships. Only one $500 Honda College Graduate Bonus offer per vehicle. LEASE: $500 applied towards the cap cost of vehicle. Monthly payment and total due at lease signing are calculated after $500 reduction. Cannot be combined with Zero Due at Signing Lease program. PURCHASE: $500 applied towards down payment. Offer not valid on Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles or used Honda vehicles. Offer valid through March 31, 2020, and may be terminated at any time. [2] Verifiable proof of employment or firm commitment from an employer with start date no more than 120 days from date of finance contract. Must have graduated in past two years or will graduate in next six months. No adverse credit history. Master's, Bachelor's or Associate degree from U.S.-accredited college or registered nursing school. Provide Honda dealer with credit and document requirements.

2 The Honda Military Appreciation Offer is limited to the 48 U.S. contiguous states, Alaska and Hawaii. [1] For well-qualified customers who meet the Military Appreciation Offer criteria, subject to approval by Honda Financial Services (HFS). Bonus offer applies toward any new 2018 or newer model year Honda that are eligible for new vehicle rates when financed or leased through HFS. Vehicle must be new, unregistered and not previously reported sold. Only offered at participating dealerships. One $500 Military Appreciation Offer per vehicle. LEASE: $500 applied toward the cap cost of vehicle. Monthly payment and total due at lease signing are calculated after $500 reduction. Cannot be combined with Zero Due at Signing Lease program. PURCHASE: $500 applied toward down payment. [2] This offer applies to active duty and ready reserve personnel and their spouses. This offer also applies to eligible U.S. Military Veterans and their spouses within one year of separation from active service. U.S. Military Retirees are also eligible regardless of the date of separation from active service. Spouses of U.S. Military Retirees are only eligible within one year of their spouses' separation from active service. All spouses must present proof of relationship. [3] A valid Military Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) is required as proof of eligibility. During the term of a retail installment finance contract or lease with HFS, the Buyers may not take their vehicle outside of the United States without the prior written consent of HFS. During the term of the retail installment finance contract or lease, Buyers must notify HFS immediately of any change in Buyer's address. Offer valid through March 31, 2020, unless terminated earlier by HFS.