Used Car Buying Guide by Nexcar Auto
Used Car Buying Guide by Nexcar Auto
Posted on July 24, 2020
If you're looking to buy a new car, paying the full price may not be an option. Instead of going into debt for your purchase, consider choosing a certified used vehicle instead. There is some risk involved with buying pre-owned cars, but when you work with a trusted used car dealer, those risks are minimized. Nexcar Auto Sales & Leasing has put together this used car buying guide to help make the process less complicated.
Think About Your Needs
Think about what car you want before you start your search. What will you use your car for primarily? Are you seeking a family car or a work vehicle? Consider the weather and road conditions in your area as well. It may not be worth it to purchase a convertible if you live in an area that suffers constant rain showers.
Before heading out to the car lot, make sure that you have everything you need on hand so your purchase can go as smoothly as possible. That means preparing your documents, down payment, and other information in advance.
Decide on a Budget
Before committing to any large purchase, it is important to decide on your budget and set firm limits. This will help keep your finances on track over time and improve your credit score in the process. There is no point in buying a used car if you still end up missing payments later down the line. Make sure to include license, tags, title, and insurance in your budget.
Research Your Options
In order the get the most bang for your buck, you will need to do a little bit of research. Once you decide how much you want to spend, the next step is choosing a vehicle that will meet your needs within your specific budget. There are plenty of online tools that allow you to compare makes and models. Aside from the basic cost of the car, consider mileage, depreciation trends, and maintenance cost. All of this information will help you select a quality car that you can depend on.
Searching for Your Ride
After doing your research and finding out which cars fall within your budget, it is time to start looking for your vehicle, either online or in person. However, although there are many ways you can find a used vehicle, we always recommend choosing a reputable car dealership to help you in your search.
Understand Your Source
There is a wide variety of quality when it comes to pre-owned vehicles, and your experience buying from a reputable car lot would be very different than buying from a private seller. Understanding the difference will help you make an informed choice that may end up saving you a lot of headaches down the line.
Private sellers tend to offer their vehicles as is. This may be alright in some cases. However, you never really know what the car has been through other than trusting in what the owner claims. Not everyone is nefarious, but the chance of getting scammed is higher with private sellers. With private sellers, you only have access to one vehicle, and often, the warranty is no longer valid. You also will have to pay the full amount upfront or at least a significant portion, and that’s only if the seller is willing to accept a payment plan.
Use car dealerships service their vehicles to ensure they are working efficiently before they offer them for sale. Most even provide a Carfax report, which details any history of problems or accidents. Dealers seldom scam clients because they are in a position where they can be held accountable. Used car dealerships also have a large selection of Certified Pre-owned cars, many of which are still under a warranty. Financing is always an attractive benefit of shopping at a dealership.
Buying a Used Car
After choosing a car, now it is time to make a purchase. You can buy the car outright if you have the funds on hand. You can also utilize financing options instead. Your local bank may extend a loan that you can take with you to the lot, or you can seek a car loan directly from our used car dealership.
How We Can Help
Scouting around for the best price will help you stretch your purchase dollars much further. If you need help securing a used car loan or selecting a budget-friendly vehicle for your whole family, call Nexcar Auto Sales & Leasing at (416) 633-8188 today!