Tips for Buying a Used Car

24 Apr

Buying a used car can be stressful whether you’re buying from a trusted dealership or a private seller. There are plenty of benefits to buying a used car, though, so just follow these tips and you’ll have a successful used car-buying experience.

Once you’ve figured out your budget, decided what kind of car you want, and narrowed it down to a couple of options, it’s time to check out the cars for yourself. There are a lot of steps to go through before you buy a used car. First, you want to check out the vehicle’s history on Carfax or AutoCheck, because if there are serious accidents in the car’s history, it’s probably developed some issues that might not show up right away.

After you check the Carfax and it’s clear, call the seller to make sure the car is still in stock, and ask anything you’re curious about before you go in to test drive it. You don’t want to waste your time test driving something you won’t buy. If everything sounds good, go test drive it. This is an essential step—you can inspect the car to make sure it works for your needs, and you can drive it to listen for strange noises or steering feel.

Always have a used car inspected before you buy it, unless it’s a CPO car, which has already been inspected. If the inspection comes back clean, you can negotiate a price that fits with the market value of the car. And, always buy insurance before you drive the car off the lot!

For more advice on buying a used car, call us at Mountaineer Ford!

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3 Replies to “Tips for Buying a Used Car

  1. Thanks for the tips for buying a used car. We are trying to find the right car for our teenage son, so he can learn how to drive. I like that you talked about being sure to test drive the car. I always thought test driving was just for new cars, but we will be sure to do it.

  2. I agree that you need to set your budget right away when looking for a used car. Having a limit to the amount of money you can spend would help you set limits. My sister is looking for a used car, so she’ll have to set her budget first.

  3. My wife and I are thinking about buying a used car but we aren’t sure where to start. I like that you suggest checking online sites to research the history of the car you want to buy. Used cars always have unknown histories so the more we know, the more likely we are to get the correct repairs. Thanks for sharing!

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