A Checklist For Buying A Pre Owned Car

Before you buy a used car, how can you know you’ve done enough research and have chosen a car that you not only want but can afford in the long run? There are a lot of questions you need to ask yourself, but really, the process is pretty easy. Here’s our advice on how to choose the best used car for you.

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Before You Visit the Lot

Settle on what year and model you want. This shouldn’t be too difficult—most of us have an idea of what we want in mind before we buy it. But if you’re new to the process or don’t have a preference, spend some time looking over your options.

Compare asking prices. Always shop around, and when you do try to figure out why a car is priced the way it is. This will help you find the one you want.

Find out how much it would cost. If you’ve settled on a choice (or possible choices), use available services to calculate how much it would cost to finance the car and get it insured.

Once You’re On the Lot

Ask about the history of the vehicle, including past owners. You can also use services like CarFax to get more detail. The point is, knowing the car’s history can help determine its longevity and required maintenance.

Check out the interior. Don’t simply look in from the windows; get inside and feel the seats for yourself to get a good idea of how comfortable they are. Likewise, you can get a closer look at how clean it is and any damage done to the interior that may need to be repaired.

Inspect tire wear. This is a big one that many people don’t consider. Unless the car has all-new tires, the tread will be worn to some degree. How worn they are can tell you if/when they need to be replaced, which can calculate into your final costs.

Play mechanic, if you have the know-how. Check the coolant, oil level, and radiator to see what kind of shape the relevant parts are in.

Request a test drive. This is the only way you can get a feel for how the car drives and any mechanical issues it may have.

Request to have a mechanic inspect it. If you think you’ve found the car you want to buy, ask the dealer if you can have an independent mechanic give it a look-over for anything you (or the dealer) may have missed.

Yonkers Auto Mall wants to help you find the perfect used car! Visit us at 1716 Central Park Avenue in Yonkers, New York, or call us at 855-700-9198 for more information.

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