How to Buy a Used Car
For many people, buying a used car can be a scary endeavor. They worry that the car may look good on the outside but may have problems that they are unable to see at a glance.
Buying a used car can have many financial benefits. Fortunately, there are many steps that consumers can take to ensure that that they are getting a good and reliable used car. Here at Birchwood Toyota, we have compiled a used car buying checklist to help make the car-buying experience a little easier for you.
1) Have a Good Idea of What You Want
Before you even step foot onto a car lot, it is a good idea to already know the basic features that you want in a vehicle. Whether you are looking for a car, truck, van, or SUV, try to research the type of vehicle that you are wanting to purchase and then look online and research different reviews from previous and current owners to see if you can find a vehicle that would best fit your needs.
2) Look at the Exterior
Once you have an idea of what type of vehicle you would like, it is time to go to the car lot to look at it in person. When you have spotted a car that you like on the lot, do a quick inspection of the outside to make sure there are no major problems. Things such as minor scratches or dents should not be that big of an issue, but extremely worn tires or headlights that do not work should be brought to the dealerships attention before you decide to test drive the vehicle.
3) Inspect the Interior
Once you have gone into the vehicle, check to see if there are any watermarks that may indicate a leaking window or roof. Also, check to see if things like the air conditioner, heater, and radio are all in working order.
4) Keep an Eye Open for Any Major Problems During the Test Drive
Test driving a vehicle is the best and most efficient way to ensure that it is the right vehicle for you. Most people use the test drive to see if the vehicle is comfortable and drives smoothly. However, with a used car, you need to pay special attention to other things, such as how the motor sounds, how accurate the brakes are, and if it may need any minor work done, like a front-end alignment.
5) Ask for a History Report
Before you decide whether or not you are going to purchase a used vehicle, it is always a good idea to ask your salesman for a history report first. Vehicle history reports, such as CarProof reports give you a detailed description of how the vehicle has been treated in the past. it can tell you things like how many owners it has had and if it has ever been involved in a wreck.
6) Ask About Used Car Financing
Even though pre-owned vehicles are usually considerably cheaper than new ones, most people still need to finance it. Be sure to ask your salesman about financing and make sure that you agree upon a payment that you can definitely afford. At Birchwood Toyota, we have several different car financing options available to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable finance team can help you find the right option to fit your budget.
7) Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
In order to ensure that you getting the right car that will fit your needs, you need to make sure to ask your salesman plenty of questions. Certain questions about the engine or the fuel economy can help make sure that you are going home in the perfect vehicle for you. Don’t be afraid that you are asking to too many questions; that’s what the salesmen are here for. Our salesmen have the time and the patients to make sure that you are completely happy with your purchase before you even leave the lot.
If you are looking for used cars in Winnipeg, bring your checklist and come see us at Birchwood Toyota. We have a dedicated team of experienced and friendly staff members that are always ready to help make your used car-buying experience as easy as possible.