How to Buy a Good Used Car
First things first when buying a used car: Who will be driving the vehicle? What technology and safety features are important to you? Where will you be driving it? How much can you pay? Answering these questions and being specific about the type of car you want will narrow your search parameters accordingly. For instance, you might be thinking, "I can pay up to $25,000 for a late model Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro or a Dodge Challenger equipped with a V8 engine, GPS and outfitted with leather seats. I will use this car as my daily driver." At this point, you have targeted your inventory to focus on only large, sports coupes. With your choices sufficiently narrowed, it is time to evaluate what is left in a bid to shrink your search parameters further. Do you want a car with good crash test ratings? Head over to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) website to see how the vehicles you're considering perform in crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also provides crash test scores and recall information. The more you know about a vehicle going in, the better for your ownership experience. Once you find a vehicle that interests you, arrange for an appointment to review the car in person. It is best to see a car during daylight hours to accurately gauge the body's condition, including the finish, trim and accessories. Raise the hood, check hoses, belts and the condition of the battery. Verify that the coolant is clean and that the engine oil and transmission fluid are clear. Look at the inside of the car and check the condition of the seats, the dashboard, and trim. Test every electronic feature for workability, including the seats, steering wheel, GPS, the audio system, power accessories and other features. Get behind the wheel of the car and take it for a drive. Take note of how the car steers and handles, as well as its acceleration and braking, ride comfort, sight lines, and other driving factors. One definition of a "great used car" is one with a detailed vehicle history. We offer a free CARFAX on all our vehicles. Many used cars come with a basic dealer warranty. We can offer extended warranties or service contracts that will increase your final price but may provide the protection you want.
If you need financing, your bank or credit union can provide this for you. We can also obtain financing for you through one of our lenders. We work with over 40+ financial institutions and are happy to assist you! We will complete the paperwork process by obtaining your tags and updated registration from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
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