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!