Steps for Purchasing a Pre-owned Car
Are you in the market for a new-to-you vehicle? If so, there are some steps you should follow when purchasing a pre-owned car. Learn more about those steps by continuing on.
The first step in the car buying process is determining what you can afford. Look at your income versus your expenses. Calculate how much money you can afford to spend on monthly payments. You should also consider your down payment. The larger a down payment, the lower your monthly payments. Once you understand how much you can spend on a car, you’re ready to see what’s out there.
Think about what you need in a vehicle. Are you searching for an SUV or minivan with space for your family? Are you in the market for a small, agile, and efficient vehicle for city driving? Perhaps you are looking for a powerful vehicle with a high towing capacity for work purposes? Make a list of the most important qualities you are looking for in a vehicle.
Searching for cars online is a great way to see what it is out there. Check the websites of local dealerships to get an idea of what is on their lots. You can search by price to see what is available within your price range. Check out each vehicle’s history report. Keep an eye out for any recalls or damage reports and make sure you ask your salesperson for further information if you decide to test drive these cars.
When test driving a car, make sure to inspect the brakes, the handling, and the acceleration. You also want to check out the interior parts, such as the air conditioning, heat, and radio. Don’t forget to roll the windows up and down, evaluate the trunk space, inspect the headlights and tail lights, and test out the windshield wipers. Perform as thorough of an inspection as possible to make sure the car you are testing driving is right for you.
You can negotiate the price of a pre-owned vehicle. Practice your haggling skills before heading to the dealership so you can get the deal you are looking for. Oftentimes pre-owned vehicles are priced for negotiation, so don’t be afraid to look at cars that may be a little out of your range, as you may be able to talk these cars down to a price you can afford.
Now that you know how to shop for a pre-owned vehicle, you are ready to shop at Yonkers Automall. We are located at 1716 Central Park Avenue in New York. You can contact us by calling 855-700-9198. We look forward to hearing from you soon!