5 Tips for Buying a Used Car From a Dealer

October 6th, 2021 by

Things to Look for When Buying a Used Car

Although buying a brand-new vehicle can be quite tempting, there are many benefits of buying a used car — including a lower cost, less depreciation, and better insurance rates. However, because you haven’t owned the car since day one, you might find it difficult to assess its condition.

Thinking about buying a used car from a dealer, but don’t know where to start? There are specific things to look for when buying a used car, such as mileage, appearance, and drivability — and as experienced dealers, we’re here to help. Keep reading to learn more! 

5 Things to Look for When Buying a Used Car

1. Do Your Research

As is the case with any big purchase, you should always start the car-buying process by doing your research. First, decide what make and model you are interested in purchasing. Then, do your homework and research the pros and cons to see if it’s the right one for you. Compared to buying a brand-new car, there should be plenty of information at your disposal about a used vehicle that has been on the market — so take advantage of it!

2. Inspect the Car From the Inside Out

One of the most important things to look for when buying a used car is the vehicle’s appearance — both externally and internally. On the outside, check the vehicle for any scratches, dents, rust, or worn tires. Then, inspect the car’s interior for any unusual odors or wear and tear in the upholstery. By thoroughly inspecting the car, you can not only determine if it’s in good condition, but also confirm it has all of the features you desire.

For an extra level of quality assurance, consider purchasing a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle. In order to qualify, a mechanic must thoroughly inspect the vehicle and ensure it’s in prime condition. These cars also come with an extended factory warranty, making them a great alternative to a new vehicle.

Click here to view our current inventory of Certified Pre-Owned vehicles!  

3. Review the Vehicle’s History

Before buying a used car from a dealer, the vehicle history report and Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) provide a wealth of information to help you make an informed decision. The vehicle history report reveals the car’s ownership, accident history, title status, mileage, and more — making it one of the most important things to look for when buying a used car. 

Meanwhile, the VIN is a 17-character code that helps identify a specific vehicle, serving as the car’s unique fingerprint. The VIN displays the car’s features, specifications, and manufacturer — which can be used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, thefts, and insurance coverage.  

4. Check the Car’s Mileage

When buying a used car from a dealer, many consumers look for a vehicle with the lowest mileage possible. Used cars with low mileage are certainly appealing, as they indicate less wear and tear, as well as a longer life. But, what’s considered good mileage on a used car?

In general, it’s safe to assume that the average driver puts approximately 12,000 miles on a car per year. To determine whether a used car has reasonable mileage, simply multiply the car’s age by 12,000. Of course, there are other important things to look for when buying a used car, but mileage can be a helpful guideline to use as you’re determining the vehicle’s value.  

5. Go for a Test Drive

Whether you’re buying a used car or a brand-new one, it is always important to go for a test drive before making a final decision. After all, you’re the one who will be driving the car, so you need to see how it feels on the road. Going for a test drive can help you determine the condition of the car and whether it’s a good fit for you.

As you take the car for a spin, pay attention to the car’s visibility, acceleration, brakes, ergonomics, and mechanical condition. After the test drive, take some extra time to inspect the car’s backseat legroom, cargo capacity, sound system, and any other features that are important to you.

Buying a Used Car at M&L

Now that you know things to look for when buying a used car, it’s time to get started. Come to M&L and check out our great selection of pre-owned vehicles. Each vehicle is thoroughly inspected by our mechanics before hitting the lot, so you can feel confident when buying a used car from us. Click the button below to contact our dealership!

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