Top 5 Things to Consider When Buying a Used Car



Top 5 things to consider when buying a used car

These tips will save you time and money – whether you’re a first time buyer or a professional shopper.

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Top 5 things to consider when buying a used car

These tips will save you time and money – whether you’re a first time buyer or a professional shopper.

Start Shopping

1. Define what you want and do your research

Before anything else, take some time to write down what you want from a car: How many people does it need to sit? Would you like it to be small or large? Are there certain features that you feel you can’t live without? Then research which cars fit your description.

2. Inspect the car’s exterior and interior

Inspect both the outside and inside of the vehicle. Look over the exterior of the vehicle and check for scratches, dents and rust. You probably don’t need to be worried about small dings or scratches, but larger areas of damage may be cause for concern. You should also check to see that body panels line up evenly, as uneven panels may indicate the vehicle was in an accident but not repaired well. It’s also a good idea to open and close the doors, hood and trunk to see how easily they move.

3. Go for a test drive

Going for a test drive can help you determine the condition of the car and whether it’s a good fit for you. You may want to turn the key to the “accessory” position before starting the engine, you should see all the dashboard warning lights go on. If they do not light up, or stay on when you turn the ignition, make sure the issue is inspected.

4. Review the vehicle history report

Access a Free AutoCheck Report, powered by Experian, for all Advantage Used Car & Truck Center vehicles. You’ll easily find these reports attached to each vehicle via our website.

5. Consider the warranty coverage

At the Advantage Used Car & Truck Center, each vehicle is covered by our Lifetime Powertrain Warranty, 10 Years of Roadside Assistance, and a Lifetime of Safety Inspections. Learn more about coverage by clicking here.