What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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Are you looking for an affordably-priced pre-owned vehicle or a certified pre-owned vehicle? Whether this is your first time buying a vehicle, or it’s been a while since you’ve made an automobile upgrade, you may be wondering what to look for when buying a used car. Read this guide by the Quality Chevrolet team to learn the best way to approach the used car buying process. We’ll walk you through what to look for and what to ask when buying a used car in the Oceanside area. Then, if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 760-871-4005!

 

 

How to Buy a Used Car From a Dealership Near Poway

Buying a used car offers a number of advantages, from the lower price tag to the slower rate of value depreciation. On top of that, when you shop for a used vehicle at a dealership like Quality Chevrolet, you can save even more thanks to our vehicles priced under 25k and pre-owned vehicle specials. Here is a general outline of how the used car buying process works with a dealer:

  • Establish your budget: In addition to considering how much the vehicle costs, you also want to factor in the cost to own a vehicle. This means budgeting for future repairs, routine maintenance, and monthly payments if you need a loan to finance a used car. An important rule of thumb is that your car payment shouldn’t exceed more than 10% of your monthly income. You can use our payment calculator to get an estimate of your monthly payments.
  • Find the Right Used Car: When shopping for the right used vehicle, it should fall within the limits of your budget and have the number of miles you’re expecting. You’ll want to start by making a list of cars that you’re interested in and find a dealership that sells those models. Then, read reviews on sites like Edmunds or KelleyBlueBook to check the car’s reliability, and to compare the price the vehicle is being sold for in your area.
  • Test Drive and Inspect the Models: Have the vehicle inspected by a trusted mechanic to ensure that it meets your condition requirements. Then, take it out for a test drive to see if it offers the performance you desire on Carlsbad streets.
  • Used Car Financing and Other Fees: Be sure to factor in additional fees once you’ve found a car that works for you. These fees includestate sales tax, registration fees, and the trade-in value of your previous vehicle. Once you sign the dotted line, you’ll also want to make sure that you’re covered by any applicable warranties and car insurance plans.

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Used car inventories vary widely from dealership to dealership, so it’s important to have a solid understanding of what to look for and what to ask when buying a used car. This is helpful to avoid purchasing a vehicle that can have expensive repairs in the future. Here are some key questions to ask about the vehicle:

  • Is there a history of maintenance?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • Do the amenities and features work like they’re supposed to?
  • What is the ownership history?
  • What is the vehicle’s mileage?
  • Are there any current recalls on the vehicle?
  • How was the vehicle priced?
  • Can I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?
  • Do you have the title in hand?
  • Is the car as is, or is it under warranty?
  • Does this vehicle affect your insurance premiums?

Turn to Quality Chevrolet for More Used Car Buying Tips

Quality Chevrolet is here to help streamline the car buying process for you. Once you’ve browsed our inventory of pre-owned and certified pre-owned vehicles, apply for financing online to get pre-approved. In the meantime, check out more of our car buying tips to find out what is good mileage on a used car.

 

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