Buying a used car is a smart decision to make. Cars are more reliable than ever, which takes some of the worry out of the buying process. You will also save thousands of dollars when compared to buying a new model of the same car. Here are a few tips to help you on your purchasing journey.
Do Your Research
Spend a few weeks looking for the best models that will fit your needs when it comes to size, capabilities, efficiency, and other factors. Read through reviews to find the models that have the best reliability and owner satisfaction.
Look at Other Brands
If you have had a specific make and model at the top of your shopping list, consider branching out to look at other brands as well. While you might want a Honda, you might find you can get a lot more features for your money if you consider a model from Chevrolet, Nissan, or other competing brand.
Make a Budget
Determine how much per month you can spend on a car. Don’t forget to include things like fuel, insurance, and maintenance. If you find that you do not have much room in your budget, consider tracking all of your expenses for a few months and you will likely find a few places where you can save, like eliminating eating out.
Check the Car’s History
Once you start looking at specific cars, you will want to take a look at its history. Get a vehicle history report and look for accident reports, how many owners it has had, and if there are any title problems.
Know a Car’s Value
Use online tools like KBB.com to research what a used car is worth. Use as many specific details as you can, like mileage and features, to get the best estimates.
Stop by Pollard Used Cars to browse our generous selection of used vehicles. We’ll be happy to assist you in finding the car of your dreams.