Buying a new car is exciting, but it is not always within everyone’s budget. Luckily, there are millions of used cars available for purchase every day in the United States. The trick is finding the best option.
The best thing you can do when buying a used car is to purchase at a dealership instead of through private sale. A dealership has a reputation to uphold, especially in this digital age, and nothing is preventing a private seller from trying to trick you into a bad deal.
When inspecting used cars on a dealership lot, like our used car inventory at Carl Hogan, be on the lookout for a few things. For starters, check the exterior for signs of rust or past fender benders. Then, check the interior for signs of water damage, as those might indicate the car was salvaged after flooding or a hurricane. Remember to check out the odometer for excessive mileage.
Carl Hogan always encourages you to test drive a used car and to take it to a trusted mechanic for his opinion on the engine, transmission, and other key parts. Your mechanic will also be able to predict future problems.
Finally, get a vehicle history report before making your purchase. Arming yourself with all the details about a used car, including third-party information and a mechanic’s recommendation, will make you much more comfortable when you sign the dotted line.