4 Important Details You May Be Ignoring When Shopping for a Used Car
So you’re finally looking into buying a car and you’re kind of really freaking out because you need to make some big decisions ASAP but you don’t know what to do. In retrospect, you probably should have replaced your old car after the emergency alarm system began experimenting with new sounds every time you slammed the door just a little too hard. There’s also the issue of the trunk latch not working and currently being taped shut with duct tape. Oh, and the air conditioning stopped working last week just in time for summer, but it’s kind of alright because two windows are permanently stuck open…
But the truth is, you’re strapped for cash right now and you’ve accepted that you probably always will be. Generally you’ve decided that eating actual food is more important than having an air conditioned car but the 90 degree drive home from work got really old really quickly. When you looked into buying a new car you realized that your current financial situation would require you to make payments on it for the next, oh, 55 years. So now you’ve dragged your best friend out with you to go used car shopping, but of course he doesn’t know anything about what to look for when buying a car, and you feel completely lost.
Fortunately, we have some tips on how to know that a used car dealership is the real deal when you’re out doing some casual used car shopping:
1. The sales person doesn’t completely creep you out. No one likes to go used car shopping and be confronted by a greasy, smooth-talking salesman who smiles just a little too much and compliments your intellect just a little too often. Find a good salesperson.
2. The cars have reasonable prices but aren’t, you know, too cheap. A practically brand new used car for $200? Right, THAT sounds legitimate. Until you bring it home, do some Googling, and find out that the previous driver drove it into a lake. Dealerships know that you need to save as much money as possible since you’re specifically doing used car shopping. There are plenty that offer great deals, and with about 40.5 million used cars sold in the US in 2012, good dealerships will be able to help you out. CPO used cars undergo serious inspections and are guaranteed to be safe, so it’s definitely worth buying an inspected car even if it does cost a bit more.
3. The dealership is reliable. On average, US dealerships employ around 50 people who are meant to help you with every aspect of your car, including determining the best car for you, giving you the best financing options they can, and many dealerships offer different options for servicing your car even after you’ve finished the whole used car shopping ordeal. You should want to keep doing business with the dealership you’ve chosen and the dealership should also want to keep you as a customer.
4. Last but not least, remember that you’re buying something that you’ll be using often. You shouldn’t feel any kind of embarrassed for spending hours researching used car dealerships because you don’t know what to look for when buying a used car. This is your purchase, and all that matters is that you are pleased with it. More like this: hudiburgnissan.com