What You Should Bring When You Visit a Mazda Dealership

December 18th, 2017 by

Studies show that purchasing a vehicle takes twice as long as most consumers think it should, but the fact is that much of this wasted time can be avoided by being prepared before you enter the dealership.

Now that you’ve decided on a great Mazda vehicle from your Park Mazda dealership, let us share with you some tips that can get you in and out of the dealership and onto the road in your new Mazda.

Let’s get started.

Before You Enter the Mazda Dealership

Because you’re purchasing your new or pre-owned Mazda through Park Mazda, you already know you’re getting the best price and best customer service possible, but there are still a few more things you need to ensure before coming to the dealership.

Legal Paperwork

Make a checklist of these legal essentials to ensure that buying your new Mazda will be an easy, flawless process.

Valid Driver’s License
While this is the most obvious, it could also be the one most easily forgotten. Make sure that you not only have your license with you but make sure it is also valid.

Certificate of Title
If you’re trading in a car for a new or pre-owned Mazda vehicle from your Park Mazda dealership, be sure to bring the certification of title. This allows you to transfer your old car to us so you can drive away in your new Mazda.

Current Registration
If you’re trading in your used car you will also need to provide the current registration for that vehicle.


Now that your legal paperwork is in order, let us tell you what you’ll need from your insurance.

The first thing to remember is to call your insurance company to let them know that you’ll be purchasing a new car. Doing this allows your insurance company to begin the appropriate paperwork to ensure that your new car is covered and ready for the road.

You should also keep in mind that proof of insurance is necessary paperwork. If you do call your insurance company before purchasing your car they can often issue a temporary insurance card for your new car that can be emailed within the same business day.

State laws differ on the grace period that is allowed on insurance cards issued for former vehicles. Your insurance company should be able to offer you details.

Calling your insurance company prior to purchasing your new car will also allow you to avoid any unexpected policy or premium hikes.

Credit and Financial Information

If you’re paying cash for your new Mazda then be sure to have your payment with you, but if you’re planning on receiving a loan, especially from the Mazda dealership, here are a couple things to keep in mind.

To help you prepare your finances, visit our website where you can apply for pre-approved financing.

If you’re financing with an outside lender (credit union, bank), be sure to bring all of the necessary paperwork associated with that loan. It would also be helpful to be familiar with your credit score prior to applying for financing.

If you suppose you may need a little extra credit help due to either low or no credit, be sure to bring your two most recent paystubs, proof of residency or utility bills, and a list of references.

Test Drive

We want you to love your new or pre-owned Mazda from Park Mazda dealership. One way to ensure this is to take advantage of a test drive. So if you know that a Mazda is right for you, but you’re unsure of what make or model, prepare for your test drive with these helpful tips.

  • Schedule an appointment with our sales team
  • Visit our online listing of new and certified pre-owned vehicles
  • Make a list of a few makes and models that you are interested in driving
  • If there are certain features that are a must, note those as well
  • Bring a photocopy of your driver’s license

Consumer Reports offers a few additional tips for test driving a new vehicle. Tips include what features to look for in a vehicle and how to properly inspect a vehicle to make sure it’s the right fit for you.

Test Drive Reminders
A few things to keep in mind to ensure a good fit when test driving a vehicle include the size of the vehicle, certain lifestyle arrangements, fuel efficiency, and use.

For example, if you require your vehicle to accommodate a child-restraint seat, bring the seat with you to the test drive to ensure a no-hassle fit.

And if there are still a few different vehicles you are considering, feel free to schedule multiple test drives to ensure you find the Mazda vehicle that is right for you.


We want to ensure that your trip to our Park Mazda dealership is as pleasurable, helpful, and efficient as possible. Here are a few last things to consider before coming in to purchase your new Mazda vehicle.

Bring a Friend
We want your time here to be comfortable. If bringing a family member or friend along with you helps then the more the merrier!

Have Your Notes
Bring some notes on the Mazda car you’re considering. This includes makes and models of interest or specific vehicle features that are a must.

Bring any discount information you have received either from us or from your credit company.

Check With the State
If you’re buying a car out of state, it helps to know state vehicle laws in both our state and yours. Some states require vehicle check requirements or specific emissions testing.

Let’s Hit the Road

At Park Mazda, we want to make the car buying experience as simple and efficient as possible. Whether you’re trading in your car or purchasing a new or certified pre-owned Mazda vehicle we’re here to help.

Be sure to check out some of our new car discount specials, and if you have any other questions, contact us or stop by the Park Mazda dealership today.

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