The process of buying a pre-owned vehicle is both exciting and a bit complicated. There are many different things you need to be looking for when you buy a used car. To help you make sure you get everything you want and need out of your next vehicle, we at Stateline Off Lease Auto have put together this detailed guide.
Shoppers in the areas of Cranston, Warwick, and Coventry should read ahead to learn more about what to look for when buying a used car!
- It Suits Your Needs
The first thing you want to look for is a used car that fits your wants and needs. This can be done by creating a detailed wish list that you can use to search around with. Split this list into things you can’t live without, such as all-wheel drive, and things you can, like a surround-sound stereo system.
- It Fits Your Budget
The next thing you should be looking for when buying a used car is a car that fits in your budget. Finding a vehicle that fits in your budget is easy with the many tools that dealerships often have on their website. Most of the time, you can browse vehicles based on their cost.
When you find a pre-owned vehicle that you can see yourself in, be sure to crosscheck the price that is being offered for with resources like Kelley Blue BookÒ or Black BookÒ. This will give you a good idea of whether or not you’re getting a good deal.
- It Has Respectable History
Once you have a used car picked out that suits your needs and fits your budget, it’s time to do a little research into its history. You’ll want to thoroughly inspect its official car history and look for anything that should concern you.
This will be things like safety recalls, unexplained gaps in the owner history, and major collision damages. You should also use this history report to double-check the miles that should be on it to ensure that it matches what is on the odometer.
- It Runs Properly
After inspecting the vehicle’s history, it’s time to take a test drive. While the vehicle may seem like a good match and offer a perfect history on paper, you can’t know for sure that it’s the vehicle for you before you take a test drive.
Get behind the wheel and experience the drive for yourself. Make sure you feel comfortable in the seat, the engine performs the way it’s supposed to, and everything that’s listed in its description is accounted for.
Ready to Get Shopping?
If you’re ready to get started on finding your next used car today, we at Stateline Off Lease Auto are happy to help! Shoppers in the area of Cranston, Warwick, and Coventry should browse our used car inventory right on our website. When something catches your eye, give us a call and we’ll get you scheduled for a test drive!