Are you in the market for a used vehicle? If so, you may feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available to you. There have never been more choices for the used car shopper—and that can be both a blessing and a curse!
As you seek to narrow down your options and make a truly informed decision, we have a few tips you can keep in mind—some general guidelines to make sure that you are doing the proper research and being prudent about the vehicle you select.
Do Plenty of Online Research
For some of you this might almost go without saying, but there really are so many options for researching vehicles online. You can be an informed consumer and have a clear sense of what you want to purchase long before you actually set foot in a used car lot.
As you research, consider a mix of professional and consumer reviews, which will give you a balanced picture. And pay attention to comparison points; what you want is a good sense of the vehicles that are in the same basic category.
Make a list of at least two or three different makes/models you want to see before you head to the dealership.
Don’t Just Research the Car; Research the Dealership, Too
In addition to researching your vehicle, also dig into local used auto sellers.
Here, online reviews can really be valuable. Consult Google, Yelp, and Facebook to get a sense of how other buyers have liked their experience at a given used car lot.
Also make sure you go to that dealership’s website. Look for information about how long the dealership has been around, review buyer testimonials, and see if there is a blog or any other form of thought leadership on display.
Do Research at the Dealership
Finally, once you’re actually at the used car dealership, make sure you scrutinize each vehicle carefully. Spend plenty of time looking both inside, outside, and under the hood. And don’t hesitate to ask for a complete vehicle history report. Be wary of any dealership that doesn’t want to offer you this report.
Take your time test driving, and be alert not just to strange “feels,” but also odd sounds. Ask as many questions of the sales rep as you need to, and inquire about getting an independent inspection if you still feel unsure.
Finally, remember that as the buyer, your greatest strength is that you can always just walk away if anything about the car (or the price) seems a little off.
Make Wise Decisions About Your Next Used Vehicle
The bottom line is that there is much you can do to ensure that your next used car purchasing decision is a wise one—that you buy the right vehicle from the right dealership, and feel confident doing so.
To learn more, or to connect with a reputable used car dealership in your neck of the woods, contact Get My Auto today.