Four Tips for Purchasing a Used Vehicle

buying a used carWhether you are looking for a car that will get your high school senior to and from school or are interested in finding a winter ride with four-wheel drive, purchasing a used vehicle is a bit different than buying new. From vehicle history reports to Kelley Blue Book value, there are some new things to take into consideration.

Research Models You Like

Especially when purchasing a used vehicle, it can feel like your options are absolutely endless. Instead of allowing this thought to overwhelm you, we recommend doing some research and coming up with a specific list of vehicles you like.

Read reviews of the cars you think you will like most, and bring a list of choices with you to the dealership so you can test drive each of your favorite options. Kelley Blue Book is a great place to start your research, with consumer reviews, expert reviews and safety ratings all in one place.

Know What Features You Need

Power windows and locks are standard features in most new vehicles, but this may not be so when you are shopping for a used model. Regardless of if you would like leather seats, a sun roof or any other particular feature, be sure to share this information with your salesperson so they will only suggest vehicles that meet your specifications.

Ask Questions

Purchasing a new vehicle is fairly straightforward, but there are a lot more questions you may want to ask when shopping for a used vehicle. Here are just a few of the most important ones to take into consideration as you shop:

  • How many miles has the vehicle been driven?
  • Have there been any safety recalls?
  • How many miles to the gallon does the vehicle get?
  • Has the vehicle been in any accidents?

Review the Vehicle History Report

On top of asking questions about the particular vehicle you are interested in, remember to ask for a vehicle history report. This report can be printed right for you right at the dealership, and it will let you know how many owners the car has had, how many accidents have been reported and what maintenance has been performed over the years.

With these tips in mind, you will be well-armed to find and purchase a used vehicle that is in great condition. And once you purchase a vehicle, you will want to ensure that it stays in the best condition possible with PermaPlate’s automotive protection products. Learn more about your options online or contact us by phone at 800-453-8470 to find a dealership near you that offers PermaPlate protection.

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