What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

Many Williamsville drivers dread the process of shopping for a used car, but we do not want that to be the case at Basil Mitsubishi. Shopping for a vehicle should be an exciting time, whether new or used, and our experts are here to guide you through the process every step of the way. Not sure what to look for when buying a used car? You’re not alone. Below, we have outlined how to buy a used car from a dealer as well as what questions to ask before signing on the dotted line. 



How to Buy a Used Car From a Dealer

Buying used comes with a number of perks for savvy Clarence shoppers like you. Not only will you save on the sticker price, but you will also continue to save with lower insurance costs. What’s more? You do not have to worry about that steep depreciation associated with driving a brand new car off the lot. Here’s what to look for when buying a used car. 

  • Set a Budget: Creating a budget is a step that should not be skipped. You don’t want to end up choosing a vehicle that is too expensive and regretting it in the future. When buying used,be sure to factor in future repairs, new tires, routine maintenance, and if a car loan is needed to finance the used car. We recommend keeping your monthly payment at 10 percent of your monthly income or less. Try our payment calculator to see if the vehicle you want falls within your budget. 
  • Find the Right Used Car: Create a list of must-haves and start shopping. If you find something you like, do a deep dive to make sure you are making the right choice. See if the vehicle comes with a vehicle history report, and review the report if it does. You can also look at reviews and information from industry experts like Kelley Blue Book. 
  • Test Drive and Inspect the Models: Take any used car you are considering for a test drive. It is also recommended that the vehicle be looked at by a mechanic prior to purchase. 
  • Used Car Financing and Other Fees: If you need to finance your used car, work with our finance department to create a payment plan that works for you. If you plan to trade in your current car, its value can be put toward the next car you buy from us. 

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

The questions listed below can also help you determine if the used car you have your eye on is a good value: 

  • Is there a history of maintenance?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • Do the amenities and features work like they’re supposed to?
  • What is the ownership history?
  • What is the vehicle’s mileage?
  • Are there any current recalls on the vehicle?
  • How was the vehicle priced?
  • Can I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?
  • Do you have the title in hand?
  • Is the car as is, or is it under warranty?
  • Does this vehicle affect your insurance premiums?

Contact Basil Mitsubishi for More Information 

The process of shopping for a used car is not as intimidating as it may look initially. That is especially true at Basil Mitsubishi. Are you ready to start your used car shopping journey? Contact us today or stop by in person. You can also explore our helpful car buying tips.


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