5 Key Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Pre-Owned Vehicle:
With interest rates as they are, now is a great time to trade in, sell to the dealership, or purchase a new or pre-owned vehicle. If you’re looking for a way to cut some of your monthly costs, purchasing a new vehicle may actually be a good option to pursue. Find out why, here.
Looking for a vehicle for you and your family is a process that we’re here to help with. Whatever your experience with purchasing a vehicle, here are 5 key questions to ask when considering a pre-owned vehicle:
What options are there available when it comes to certified, pre-owned vehicles?
Certified pre-owned vehicles give you the best of both a used and new vehicle. Enjoy many of the most sought after benefits of a new car while purchasing a pre-owned vehicle at a lower cost. When someone trades in a vehicle, it is thoroughly inspected and if it is up to the manufacture’s criteria, it can be certified through the dealership. This is an incredible option for you as a buyer because the manufacturer will honor warranties that could save you money when it comes to maintenance and service on your vehicle.
Certified pre-owned vehicles also tend to be fairly new, with low-mileage, so you are enjoying almost as much life on the vehicle as if you had bought it new. Though they are less expensive than the new models, they are a little more expensive than the other pre-owned models that aren’t certified, due to the added benefits.
How was the vehicle maintained?
Some vehicles have been maintained by the dealership, while others were taken to mechanics by their previous owner. It never hurts to ask if the vehicle has been taken care of at the dealership. If that is the case, we can guarantee our quality of work. Whatever the case may be, our mechanics thoroughly inspect the vehicle so you and we know exactly what you are purchasing before it is even placed on the lot for sale.
What services have been performed by the dealership?
Thankfully, with all services we do, we can guarantee the highest quality and parts for the specific model. If anything has been replaced since the vehicle has been at the dealership, you can know it is the correct part for the make and model. Our service team is happy to let you know what has been done on the vehicle. That will give you a good feel for the lifespan of those specific parts or types of maintenance.
All vehicles need their tires maintained and replaced eventually. Ask about the state of the tires to get a ballpark for when they will need to be replaced.
What is the value of my trade-in?
Trading in a vehicle is a great way to increase the down payment on your new vehicle. Currently, we’re finding that used vehicles are worth more today than they were a few months ago and even a year ago. If you’re considering trading in your vehicle, see how much it is worth, so you know how much could go towards your next vehicle. Not only does it increase your down payment, but it also saves you time that would have been spent selling your old vehicle.
Can we take a test drive?
We’d love for you to experience the vehicle you’re interested in. Not only can you come to the dealership to take a test drive, but we can bring the test drive to you! If there’s a vehicle in our inventory you would like to test drive, contact us and we’d love to schedule a time to bring the vehicle to test drive.
Last, a question to ask yourself: Does this vehicle fit my lifestyle?
This question is more for your own consideration. Does this vehicle fit my lifestyle? Does it fit my needs? If you are looking for a family vehicle, will it comfortably accommodate you and your family members? Can you see yourself enjoying the vehicle for the next while? It doesn’t hurt to park the vehicle at some point during the test drive, walk around it, and picture yourself owning it. See if it will be a good fit. If it is, congratulations! You just found your vehicle! If not, we have an entire team that is ready to help you find the perfect fit for you and your family.
You can access our entire inventory of pre-owned vehicles here, or come visit us at the dealership. We’d love to help you find your next vehicle or help you with any of your service needs.