Helpful Car Buying Checklist for Used Cars

By DriveCasa Team | Posted in Buying a Car, Education, Monthly Payments on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 10:07 pm
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If you’re trying to save extra money, consider purchasing a used car. You can find high quality used cars that will last you for years at a fraction of the cost of a new car. Buying a car is an important decision, and preparedness can pay off in the long run. Knowing what car you want and figuring out a budget will make your car buying experience much easier. Follow the car buying checklist for used cars below and enjoy a hassle-free car buying experience.

Do Your Research

Before visiting a lot, think about what kind of car you’d like to get. Ask yourself what features you’d like in a car. What gas mileage are you looking for? Do you prefer cars with sunroofs? How much space do you need? Once you have narrowed down your choices to a few models that can satisfy your needs, find out what is the approximate value for each model and if there have there are any problems you might anticipate with each model. Having a good idea of what you want before visiting a lot will help you feel less overwhelmed by all the choices available.

Inspect the Car

You’re at a used car dealership and a particular model has caught your eye. Before a test drive, take time to inspect the car. Walk around the vehicle and check for any damage to the car. Do you see any scratches, discoloration, peeling paint, or dents? What is the condition of the tires? Once you have inspected the exterior, take time to look at the interior of the car. What does the interior smell like? Are the seats in good condition? Can you see any stains? If you’re satisfied with the look of the car, it’s time to look under the hood. Feel the hoses around the radiator, air conditioner, and other components. Are there any holes or cracks? Ask about where you can check the fluids. This quick inspection will give you peace of mind when driving off the lot. Most dealerships will take time to make the car look and perform at its best, but it’s best to make sure there aren’t any damages, issues or smells that will need to be taken care of after the sale.

Test Drive

You’re in love with the look of the car, but want to know how it drives. A test drive will give you a very good idea of what it would be like driving that car every day. Before you turn on the car, take time to get a feel for the space inside the car, adjust your mirrors, and check your blind spots. Once you’re on the road, listen for any odd sounds coming from the engine. Try getting on a highway and gauge acceleration and handling. You’ll also notice how the brakes are performing and if they need to be replaced soon. Brake hard on a city street to really test out the brakes. You can even practice parking for maneuverability and sight lines.

Financing

Now that you are sure the car you have selected is perfect for you, it’s time to go over financing. As mentioned earlier, you should have a good idea of the price of the car, what your down payment is going to be, and what payments are right for your budget before you visit the lot. This will make financing easier to figure out. Buy Here Pay Here dealerships, like Drive Casa, have the convenience of offering in-house financing, so you don’t have to worry about asking different lenders for a loan. Once you have reached an agreement and signed the paperwork, you can take your car home!

Are you ready to buy a used car? You can find high-quality models that have gone through multiple-point inspection at amazing prices in our lot. Stop by Drive Casa and let us drive you happy!

 

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