Ally Asks: What Matters Most to You When Buying a Car?

Buying a new car can be very exciting – but there are a lot of things you need to take into account before you hop into the driver’s seat. For instance, do you want a hybrid? The latest in navigational bells and whistles? Or are you most concerned with having the safest ride on the road?

Whatever it may be, we want to hear from you:

What Matters Most When Buying a New Car

Leave your thoughts in comments below.

What matters most to you when buying a new car? What’s the least important thing?



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  1. 1
    Robert Rocque

    Features mean a lot but fuel economy and pricing are just as important. The question should have “all of the above” for E instead of “other”. All of these things will be taken into account when purchasing or leasing. thanks.

  2. 4
    Dennis B

    When I’m looking to purchase a new vehicle, I look for all the above options ~ not for just one or the other.
    IF every option you’ve listed above, isn’t a part of the deal; I’ll keep looking, until I find a car that does offer them all!

  3. 6
    D. Wray

    I tend to look at the features; my husband focuses more on the ‘total package’ when contemplating buying a new or used vehicle.

  4. 8

    Pricing is 1st concern, how much car will I get for my dollar without having to add a lot of upgrades- what is standard on the vehicle – leather seats, GPS systems, new safety features.

    Extra features not really applicable to driving are least concern-
    such as “BlueTooth,” or Sirius radio; upgraded speakers, etc.

  5. 10

    Safety is most important for me. All of the other choices are also important, but I don’t want to buy the cheapest made car or even the best on fuel economy and then realize it is too small and not safe enough for my family.

  6. 13

    Of Course price matters for me. Features used to be in second. Now with the high price of gas it will have to be in 3rd place. When time come for me to trade vehicle I will need to consider one with a better fuel mileage, due to lots of traveling. Safety is also of great concern.

  7. 14

    I’m mostly concerned about price or monthly payment cost. I can decide which features I can live without on my vehicle. Fuel economy is important to me but the auto manufacturers don’t care about fuel economy. The other bells and whistles on the car can also be purchased on a new smart phone.

  8. 15

    I look at pricing as the most important, as I decide what features and fuel economy that we want and then I work with the dealership on the best price!

  9. 16

    Pricing & mileage, that is what it is all about today.

    Quality has much improved and most every car today has all the latest features.

    So what is left? Price (including finance costs) & mileage.

  10. 18

    The most important thing to me when buying or leasing a new vehicle is the quality and honesty of the dealer service department. We have dealt with the same dealer service personnel for 20 years now. I trust them and they understand my family’s needs. I have no qualms about sending my daughter to the dealership and having her tell the service writer, “Do what the Jeep needs.”

    Everythng else is secondary!

  11. 19
    Frank Saroka

    With getting up in the years a little, comfort of seats ,controls, back up camera that is usable and exiting and entering are matters of great concern.

  12. 27

    If I were going to buy a new car I would want cheaper car payments and fuel economy. But it is my high car payments that bugs me most right now. I love my vehicle though, because I wanted four wheel drive.

  13. 31

    I have already researched all the pertinent information by the time I select a vehicle. The bottom line is price. I have already considered all the safety, mileage, and features to make my selection.

  14. 32
    Thomas Sutter

    I would love a new car but at this stage of the game, cant afford one. My wife went through Ally for her new car in 2009. But she only drives 3 miles to work and 3 miles home and lets the car sit in the garage on the weekends. As of right now, she only has 21,000 miles on it. So we arent really ready to trade hers in.

  15. 35
    Patty Dixon

    W look at where the new car is . service… price.. safety.. features.. warrenty.. and we dont lease we buy and always had a good experience with Ally Bank…

  16. 36
    Jacqueline Williams

    The price of gas has gotten and therefore fuel economy is at the top of my list.

    The least important is luxury features at this time.

  17. 38

    If you’re a real “car person” it becomes a combination of all of the compnents. We all want the newest with the most features and we want it now. However, unless money is not an option, fuel economy and pricing are going to go hand and hand somewhere in the deal. In a perfect, no money worries world, I would have a both Corvette and the new SS on order and keep a Z71 LTZ Silverado, Suburban or Tahoe.

  18. 41

    I picked features as my most important when looking at a new car and hopefullly I can work on the price. Fuel economy, I feel is part of the features that I would look for and safety follows if I have picked the right features.

  19. 43

    Safety would be first then Pricing, only because if you think of it what good is having gas prices down if you can not a ford renting a car, then it would be lower gas prices.

  20. 44

    Pricing is very important to us. If you can’t afford the car you certainly cannot purchase it. Also, we go where we can get the most car, most features we want, and the best deal. We try to get the shortest loan time possible for what we can afford.

  21. 46
    Ed from N.E. Ohio

    Priceing & Fuel Ecomony are the two main things I look at. Then I look at items that the car comes with and safety.

  22. 50

    Being retired, I look for features first and price next wanting the most features i.e. heated & a/c’d seats. Fuel economy is third because we drive less than 10,000 miles/yr. and in the long run, whether the auto gets 20mph or 30mph, it really isn’t significant to us to give up the luxury and features.
    Safety isn’t as high a priority. After seat belts, air bags and all the safety features packed into the vehicle, what more do we need.
    As far as “Other”, how about original equipment tires that last more than 30,000 miles? Or windshield wipers that last more than two years?

  23. 52

    being restricted on mileage, going over allotted mileage, an how much extra that would cost. will it even be worth it to lease versus buy.

  24. 58

    All of the above should be listed as one of the choices. However, after having been injured 2 times in car accidents that were not my fault, but were caused by the other driver not paying attention, “Safety” is of utmost importance for me when considering buying or leasing another car.

    • 59

      We’re sorry to hear about those accidents, Richard. And we agree: Safety is definitely an important feature when shopping around for a car.

  25. 61

    When buying a new car all of these are important, but when I spend my money dependability is key. I purchase a new car and drive it for years, my last new car had 300k miles on it when I replaced it.

  26. 62
    B Mills

    Safety is first, that’s why we drive pickups; visability of whats happening around you is the most important to avoid troubles while driving; there’s no price on life it self. Drive what works best for your needs.

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