Thinking about making your next car a used car? That’s great! However, there are many questions that you need to ask in order to have a successful and enjoyable car-buying journey. We at Stateline Off Lease Auto have put together this detailed guide to ensure that you ask all the right questions. Shoppers in Cranston, Warwick, and Coventry should read ahead to learn more!
Questions to Ask Yourself When Buying a Pre-Owned Car
The first round of questions that you need to ask are to yourself regarding your wants and needs for your next used vehicle. Use these questions to prepare for your used car buying journey.
Should I Trade in My Current Vehicle?
One great way to supplement your payments for your next used car is to trade in your current vehicle. Consider this as one of your financing options before you nail down your budget because it can end up helping extend your budget.
What is My Budget?
First, ask yourself how much you can afford to pay per month for your next used vehicle and how much you can put down as a down payment. It’s recommended that no more than 20% of your monthly take-home pay be used for car payments.
What Kind of Used Car Do I Need/Want?
Consider what you need out of a vehicle, such as all-wheel drive if you live in a snowy area or a certain towing capacity. Then, add on features that you could live without but still want if you can afford it, like a surround sound audio system or heated seats.
Questions for the Dealership
If you’re shopping at a dealership, you’ll want to ask the sales professional you’re working with a variety of questions during the shopping process, especially the important ones listed below.
What Vehicles Do You Have Within My Budget?
Take along your next-car wish list to the dealership and ask the sales professionals to help you find vehicles that suit your budget. Using your wish list, they’ll be able to help you zero in on a vehicle that best fit all of your needs.
What Does the Car’s History Look Like?
The first thing you should ask about the vehicle is if there is a car history report available for you to look at. Go over this history report with the sales professional at the dealership and make sure you have a clear understanding of where this vehicle has been and what has happened to it.
Can I See the Inside of the Vehicle?
Before you commit to buying a used vehicle, you should always inspect it inside and out as well as take it for a test drive. Make sure that it has all of the features promised, the right amount of miles on it, and performs well.
Ready to Find Your Next Used Car?
We at Stateline Off Lease Auto are thrilled that you’re getting ready to buy your next used car. Shoppers in the areas of Cranston, Warwick, and Coventry can get the ball rolling today by browsing our used car inventory and setting up a test drive with us!