A Complete Guide to Purchasing the Right Car 

Buying a car can be an intimidating process. There are so many options, it can be tough to know exactly what to look for and even what features it should have. Luckily, the team at our Brockville dealership understands this and has put together a complete car purchasing guide to help you make an informed decision.

We’ve outlined all the important aspects you need to consider in order to drive off with the car of your dreams. 

1. What You Need vs. What You Would Like to Have

Deciding on what you would like to have and what you have to have is the first step to take when purchasing a car. Needs and wants are very different, so here are some things to think about.

Features You Can’t Live Without

  • How big of a car/vehicle do you need?

Ask yourself, how much room do I really need, and will I actually use? For example, if you have a family with a few kids, chances are you will need a roomy sedan car or an SUV that has a lot of seating and cargo space. If you go to your cottage a lot during the year, maybe features like fold-down seating for added space is a must.

Try to think of practical uses and things that are absolutely a must.

  • Driving Conditions & Location

Where you live and where you normally drive should play a huge factor in what car you purchase from our Brockville dealership. Do you live in an apartment building/condo that has super tight parking spots? Are you driving in the city, or do you do a lot of country roads? Consider how much power you will need and if an AWD vehicle is needed. 

Also, think about how often you drive and other factors like fuel efficiency, etc. There are plenty of amazing Toyota hybrid electric options that may fit your specific needs.

  • What Comes Standard?

You'd be surprised by all the amazing things that come standard in many Toyota's these days like Toyota Safety Sense™ (TSS). Luckily, all this info can be easily found on our website or by calling our Brockville dealership.

Things You Would Like to Have

Now that you have the necessities out of the way, you can focus on some fun stuff. Maybe you’ve always wanted a sunroof, heated seats, or leather seating? Now is the time to factor in a few things that you want but can ultimately live without if you have to. Also, things like rims and other add-ons might be something in the back of your mind. Be sure to write these down and prioritize them, who knows, maybe you’ll be lucky and manage to get them all.

2. Making an Informed Decision

Now, you have to make sure you research a little bit to ensure that you make an informed decision about some aspects of purchasing your car.

  • How Will You Pay for Your Toyota?

While it’s is easy to get swept away when planning for a new car, always try to know in advance how you will be purchasing it. Think about leasing versus financing options, or if you are planning on paying cash. Don’t feel pressured into making this decision on your own, our team in Brockville is always here to answer any of your questions.

  • What Is Your Budget?

Knowing your budget (or roughly what you can afford) is important. If you have never owned a vehicle, crunching some numbers to figure out what you can afford is a great idea. It’s easier than ever to figure out what type of car you can afford; with our build and price feature on our 1000 Islands Toyota site, you can easily swap features and trim until you find what you’re looking for. If you prefer, you can also contact our Brockville car dealership, or visit, to get some one-on-one information about your options.

And don’t forget, if you are looking for a used car that fits your needs and budgets, we have a huge selection of used Toyota’s and other vehicles. 

  • Have you considered Trading in Your Car?

Don’t forget to consider trade-ins as an option as well. Trading in your old vehicle for a new one is a great option if you are budget conscience or don’t need two cars. You can even fill out our trade-in online form and you’ll be reached by one of our team members about your trade-in. 

3. Driving & Inspecting Your Potential Car

Buying a car can be similar to buying a suit; you need one that fits you. No matter how great the deal or price is if it isn't the one you have decided on, be sure to make sure all your needs are covered. Even if you do see another contender popup, we can’t stress the importance of going out for a test drive (similar to trying on that suit before you buy it.). Maybe a car that looks great on paper and your list doesn't drive or handle the way you need it to. While a test drive is important, you should also take a look at the actual car specs like cargo, seating, etc. If you decide that it isn't what you were hoping for, there are plenty of other options that will work. 

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will gladly help you identify some other options that fit your criteria if your initial pick wasn’t what you were expecting.

Our Brockville Car Dealership Has the Toyota You Are Looking For

At 1000 Islands Toyota we can help you find the car that fits your needs, wants, and budget. No matter if it is a new Toyota or a used car, we are the dealership that Brockville and Kingston residents trust and depend on. Once you find your perfect match, you can rest assured knowing that we also provide certified Toyota maintenance and service solutions that includes a convenient shuttle service. Please contact us today for more information.