A Guide For Purchasing A Used Vehicle

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Purchasing a used car is a wise financial investment – you’ll save money upfront and on insurance premiums later – but it can feel difficult if you haven’t done it before. Use our guide to purchasing a used car to make the process smoother than ever.

Do your Homework

The first step to getting a great used car is to know what you’re looking for. Do some research and read up on reliable models, recall histories, and real-world reviews to get a better understanding of which models you’re most interested in and which you’d rather avoid. When you know what you want, you’ll save time finding it when it’s time to shop.

Read The Window Sticker

Once you’ve found the year model you’re looking for, be sure to read the window sticker thoroughly. This buyer’s guide offers important information for you such as the warranty, outstanding repairs, or whether the vehicle is being sold in as-is condition. Understanding the state of the vehicle will help you ensure you’re getting a good deal on your new-to-you car.

Inspect It

In addition to reading the buyer’s guide, you’ll want to check out your vehicle inside and out.

  • Exterior – look for imperfections in the glass, the suspension, the lights, lenses, and tread of the tires.
  • Interior – check the upholstery condition, infotainment suite, sound system, the interior roof, trunk, instruments and controls, and any odors from previous owners.
  • Under the Hood – take a look under the hood to inspect the condition of the hoses and belts, fluid levels, radiator, and battery.
  • Under the Vehicle – if you can, do a basic check underneath to ensure that everything looks good under the car, too.

If you see anything that gives you pause, make sure you talk about it with the dealership or private seller you’re buying from.

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Shop With Us

When you shop with us at Hope Auto Company Chevrolet Buick GMC you can be sure that you’re getting an excellent used vehicle for an excellent price. Whether you’re looking for a real bargain for a new driver, or a late-model low mileage pre-owned Chevy, Buick, or GMC, we’re sure to have exactly what you need in our extensive used inventory.