Buying a used car is a big deal. After all, it’s a major investment that will need to last you for several years. Check out these helpful tips to ensure you buy the right used car.
Set a Budget
The first part of making any major purchase is setting and sticking to a budget. Determine how much you can afford per month. Don’t forget to include any state fees, like registration, and insurance. It’s a good idea to calculate your annual routine maintenance costs, as well.
Check the Vehicle History Report
Checking the vehicle history report is one way to boost your confidence when buying an older model. Most dealerships will provide a free vehicle history report for every model on the lot. By requesting a copy, you can make sure the car was properly cared for, has a clean title, and hasn’t undergone any major repairs.
Take a Test Drive
Once you’ve found the car you want and reviewed the vehicle history report, it’s time to take a test drive. Contact the dealership and schedule the test drive at your convenience. By scheduling ahead, you can ensure that the dealership will have the car ready for you when you arrive. This will help save time as you shop for your next ride.
While on the test drive, make sure to check the air conditioning and heat functions. Roll down all the windows and make sure the controls are within your reach. Drive like you normally would on your daily commute to ensure that the car is comfortable and performs smoothly.
Stop by Quebedeaux Mitsubishi to browse our current used-vehicle inventory. We’ll help match you with an auto that suits your needs and preferences.