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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!


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Honda of St. Charles Sales Hours

630.443.6400

Testimonials

carolyn wilson
carolyn wilson
GOOGLE
7-2-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

McGrath Honda in St. Charles did a great job in taking care me and my needs. I worked with Carlos to help me find my new SUV. He did an amazing job listening to what I was looking for and gave me different options and explained everything in detail. I never felt pressured to make a decision when I first came into look. Carlos checked in to see if I had any questions and let me decide when I was ready to buy. I Love my new CR-V!! Thank you Carlos for all your help!

Ubaydulla Begmuratov
Ubaydulla Begmuratov
GOOGLE
7-1-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great group of people that work here. It was a smooth transaction. Weren’t there too long leased a brand new accord. Zack was our rep and he was so nice and very informed. Will definitely go back to get this car serviced there and keep doing business with them.

Andrew Kerkstra
Andrew Kerkstra
GOOGLE
7-1-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star
AJ Karther
AJ Karther
GOOGLE
7-1-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
EDWARD CAR
EDWARD CAR
GOOGLE
7-1-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Recently received awesome customer service from Steve. Very professional , efficient and excellent. Problem i had was solved and taken care of in fast and professional way. Very happy with Honda in st charles Recien lleve mi Odyseey con Steve en honda of st charles desde q llegue la atención fue excelente , muy personalizada y agradable , todo lo solucionaron rápida y de muy buena calidad de trabajo , recomiendo a Steve y su service department en Honda of st charles !!

Cara Burns
Cara Burns
GOOGLE
7-1-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Lauren R.
Lauren R.
YAHOO
6-30-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Had a great experience. We came there looking for a specific car that we ended up not liking. Discussed that a lease and our price point was better to lease then to buy. Extremely happy with the... more

Lauren R.
Lauren R.
YELP
6-30-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Had a great experience. We came there looking for a specific car that we ended up not liking. Discussed that a lease and our price point was better to lease then to buy. Extremely happy with the car, and the leasing program. They helped up to get a great deal with low interest and no money down. We worked with Zack and he was great! The manager that helped also was great. Sorry I dont remember his name :( will definitely be back for our off our services and for another car in the future. Financing process wasn't long at all!!!!

Megan Vana
Megan Vana
GOOGLE
6-29-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Olivia Davisson
Olivia Davisson
GOOGLE
6-26-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

For anyone considering buying a Honda, I would definitely recommend McGrath Honda of St. Charles. *special thanks to our salesman, Jose E., and general sales manager, Nate, for ensuring that we were completely satisfied with our purchase!

"Sales was great, but the finance guy really tried to push..."

B
DEALERRATER
6-25-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

Sales was great, but the finance guy really tried to push the extended warranty, even though we said several times we weren’t interested in it. He even had another guy come in to try.

Stephanie Ramos
Stephanie Ramos
GOOGLE
6-24-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star

They were very helpful in getting me and my kids into a good vehicle. There were very accommodating and we were able to work out a good deal.

Ryan Kozey
Ryan Kozey
GOOGLE
6-23-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great service; easy to schedule and a friendly drop off experience. My service advisor kept me up to date throughout the day regarding service and some warranty repair items. Highly recommended.

Amanda Rawson
Amanda Rawson
GOOGLE
6-23-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

"I went In on Juneteenth (6/19) and with the help of..."

BossB2823
DEALERRATER
6-21-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I went In on Juneteenth (6/19) and with the help of Maxwell i walked Off the lot with a brand new 2020 Pilot perfect for my growing family. He took the time to explain all the high tech gadgets and features included in the car and made sure i was Satisfied before leaving the lot.

Randa Abbas
Randa Abbas
GOOGLE
6-21-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Zack was our sale person and he is a great guy. He was able to give us a great deal and make the transaction seamless. I highly recommend him. Also, McGrath Honda team were very helpful during the whole time at the facility.

Ryan Otto
Ryan Otto
GOOGLE
6-21-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

stopped by on a whim curious on the comfort of a pilot. Yvette was absolutely fantastic. Returned later with my wife to look at 3 additional vehicles. Again, Yvette was patient, showed us the right vehicles with what we were looking for and we actually ended up buying that day. She knew exactly what to show us and all of the little details in between. Everyone at the dealer was patient and there was no pressure to buy. Her colleagues helped get us into the payment WE wanted. There is a reason this dealer has been around so long - they know what they are doing and how to treat people with dignity and respect. Thank you!

Elizabeth Estrada Cervantes
Elizabeth Estrada Cervantes
GOOGLE
6-20-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
Lupita Munoz
Lupita Munoz
GOOGLE
6-20-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star
karen foley
karen foley
GOOGLE
6-20-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I will tell all my family and friends my experience at McGrath Honda how they made the process of buying a car very easy and friendly. They listened and worked to all my needs. I am a very happy customer. Karen Foley

"Yvette helped me with the purchase of my first new..."

Elizabeth
DEALERRATER
6-20-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Yvette helped me with the purchase of my first new vehicle. She was very helpful, patient, and friendly. I would highly recommend anyone to reach out to her if they're looking for a vehicle. Thanks Yvette!!!!

Kathy Scheibe-Powell
Kathy Scheibe-Powell
GOOGLE
6-20-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

My husband, Butch, and I were very impressed with the professionalism of Aldo Mendoza. He sold us a 2018 Kia Sorento that was a new arrival. It was not detailed when we arrived. His attention to our wishes before we test drove it was terrific. Aldo was personable and helpful at all levels of the process.

Purchase new Honda Insight

Randa
CARS
6-18-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Zack was the sale person that help me through the process. Great guy to deal with. He was able to work with me and find the Vehicle I want. Also McGrath Honda worked with me for the trade of my old car and gave an OTD offer that worked perfectly for me. I highly recommend Zack and the whole McGrath Honda St. Charles team that engaged in during the whole process from the first minute we enter the facility to the minute I got the car key :)

Miranda
Miranda
GOOGLE
6-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

We purchased a new vehicle at McGrath Honda. We couldn't be happier with our experience. Our sales person Moses helped us find exactly what we were looking for. McGrath's has great prices, quality Hondas and an attentive sales team.The whole transaction was seamless. Definitely recommend!

Jacob Pruitt
Jacob Pruitt
GOOGLE
6-17-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Excellent service from St Charles McGrath Honda today! Got a great deal and was really impressed with the way Moses found the perfect vehicle for our family. We will definitely be back.

"Awesome service!"

Ashiq
DEALERRATER
6-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I got my first car, a Toyota Camry, and really happy with the experience. Max helped me with the purchase and he was awesome. They also found me a good financing option and worked with me to get a better APR.

"First Time Buyer"

magali.flores
DEALERRATER
6-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Thank you Yvette for helping me purchase my first vehicle! First time buyer and they were very patient and friendly with the process. I came in looking for a used car and they were able to help me finance a brand new car, biggest accomplishment and couldn't be happier with the service.

SandCatz1
SandCatz1
GOOGLE
6-13-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Just bought a 2016 CR-V from McGrath. Great experience! Moses Brima was awesome to work with! Thank you so much!

Donna V.
YELP
6-13-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Our sales associate was Zack. Great guy to work with, not pushy AT ALL! Mcgrath St Charles worked with us on our trade in value. Happy with our final OTD price

Heaven Williams
Heaven Williams
GOOGLE
6-12-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I’m a happy customer, great customer service, everyone that I delt with was extremely helpful will recommend anyone to go check them out. Thanks Emily G, Alex, & George!

Jeremy Burke
Jeremy Burke
GOOGLE
6-9-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Jose and Jason made our experience great. They were fair, professional and worked hard to get us what we wanted. We love our CRV! Thanks guys!!

Adam Benner
Adam Benner
GOOGLE
6-9-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Best car buying experience ever! These people treat you right. Two thumbs way up.

Grant Grossman
Grant Grossman
GOOGLE
6-9-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Aldo was the salesman that I worked with and was extremely reasonable and helpful all at the same time. Not pushy or manipulative whatsoever which has not been my experience in the past with buying vehicles. Would totally recommend asking for him if you want an exceptional experience like I had at the McGrath Honda in St. Charles

David Bendfeldt
David Bendfeldt
GOOGLE
6-9-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

"Bought my first brand new car! Yvette really helped seal..."

lantry87
DEALERRATER
6-9-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Bought my first brand new car! Yvette really helped seal the deal by being so informative and kind. I was happy with the process, and left with a beautiful new Odyssey!

"Great Service"

feg71
DEALERRATER
6-9-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Really wanted me to walkout with a car that night, Thanks to everyone from Brent Reeves, and Nathan Petersen...Love the car and would definitely go back

Kelsey Armstrong
Kelsey Armstrong
GOOGLE
6-7-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Nate and the team at this dealership are genuinely good people. I used to dread car shopping because of the dishonest salespeople out there, but I can honestly say I’ll always buy Honda from this specific location because they are true to their word. Do yourself a favor and buy/lease your car here.

Mladen ĆEHA
Mladen ĆEHA
GOOGLE
6-5-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I bought car in this dealership. I’m very happy with my Honda Accord 2016. That was very good deal. Strongly recommend dealership McGrath Honda, they were very nice, special Aldo, he helped me to buy my new car.

Dustin Sneath
Dustin Sneath
GOOGLE
6-4-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Just wanted to share the details of my excellent experience at McGrath Honda. I was interested in a new Pilot EX and worked with David K. He explained all the ins and outs of the vehicle; he was very helpful and showed me a EX-L when I expressed interest but there was zero pressure to upgrade. He was honest about the differences in the models. Ultimately I stuck with the EX. Since my wife had just had a baby the prior week, she didn’t come in but was a co-buyer... David and the whole team were super flexible and helped us get all the paperwork done in the simplest way possible. On price, there was minimal negotiating because they were very fair with the price from the beginning, matching another offer I’d received. On the finance side, it may have been the fastest and lowest pressure financing I’ve ever done on a vehicle. The only real decision was the additional warranty/roadside assistance package... not 20 different optional add-ons. Overall it was a great, customer-friendly experience. This is my first Honda and first McGrath purchase, but likely not my last. I must highly recommend David individually as well!

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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.