What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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If you’re hunting for the right used or CPO vehicle, you might feel like you’re fighting a losing battle. With so many dealerships offering so many different options, it can be hard to narrow your choices down to one top model. Here at Shenango Honda, we understand the stress that can go along with car shopping, and we’re here to help. We offer a wide range of car-shopping tips to guide you through the process in a convenient manner. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or looking to shake off those bad shopping experiences of the past, you can rely on Shenango Honda to teach you what to look for when buying a used car. Get started with us below!

How to Buy a Used Car From a Dealer

When you decide you’re ready to upgrade your commute from Sharon to Hubbard with a pre-owned ride, shopping with a dealership has many benefits. You can take advantage of our simple transactions to relax while we handle the paperwork. What’s more, when you shop with Shenango Honda, you can invest with total confidence in the reliability of your Mercer cruiser. At Shenango Honda, every single pre-owned vehicle we sell undergoes a Pennsylvania Safety Inspection from a PennDOT inspection station. If you’re ready to work with a first-class dealer, here are a few steps you’ll want to take when shopping used:

  • Set a Budget: While planning for the sticker price of your vehicle is important, there are other costs associated with car shopping. Think about the cost of maintenance, repairs, fuel, and insurance. Ideally, you don’t want your automotive expenses to exceed 10% of your monthly income.
  • Find the Right Used Car: Finding the perfect pre-owned ride takes work. You’ll want to select a vehicle that matches your wishlist, budget, and mileage expectations. Along with that, you’ll want to double-check to be certain that the vehicle you intend has strong reliability ratings and has a clean history.
  • Test Drive and Inspect the Models: It’s always smart to test-drive any vehicle you’re hoping to buy. This gives you a chance to perform an inspection and decide whether or not you’d like to make the purchase. If you notice any maintenance issues, negotiate the price to accommodate the repairs.
  • Used Car Financing and Other Fees: Once you have your top vehicle, explore all of your loan options. Be mindful of how taxes, fees, and credits will impact the price. This is also a great time to explore the generous warranty offerings available at Shenango Honda!

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Whether you’re a seasoned driver, or you’ve just secured your first license, knowing what to ask when buying a used car is critical. Here are a few questions you should pose to any vehicle seller:

  • Is there a history of maintenance?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • Do the amenities and features work like they’re supposed to?
  • What is the ownership history?
  • What is the vehicle’s mileage?
  • Are there any current recalls on the vehicle?
  • How was the vehicle priced?
  • Can I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?
  • Do you have the title in hand?
  • Is the car as is, or is it under warranty?
  • Does this vehicle affect your insurance premiums?

Learn More About What to Look for When Buying a Used Car!

Now that you know what to ask when buying a used car, you can shop with peace of mind. If you’re hoping for a truly VIP experience, work with us in Hermitage. We can’t wait to put you behind the wheel of your dream ride!

 

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