What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

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When you begin your research on a used or certified pre-owned vehicle, the car buying process can seem overwhelming. How do you know which is the right vehicle for you? How can you trust that it will be reliable? While there is no way of knowing with one hundred percent certainty, there are a few things you can do to be sure that you are choosing the best option possible in Shelby. Spitzer Motors of Mansfield CDJR covers what to look for when buying a used car, and all of the questions that can help you find the perfect used model for you. Learn more about the car buying process here, and contact us today if you have any other questions. 

What to Look For When Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car is a great option for many Ashland drivers because they can save money on their purchase. When you are on the lookout for your next vehicle, we have plenty of variety at Spitzer Motors of Mansfield CDJR, including our under $10K category. Here is what the basic steps for buying a used car can look like:

  • Setting a budget means you consider the cost to buy and cost to own. That will include repairs, tires, maintenance routines, a car loan if needed, and all of the fees that come with registering and the taxes on the vehicle. Keep in mind a monthly payment shouldn’t exceed 10% of your monthly income. You can use our payment calculator to determine which vehicles are in your price range according to monthly payments.
  • Finding the right used car means assessing your budget, ideal mileage expectations, and other key requirements like the vehicle history report. In the next section we will get more into detail about this. However, find a list of cars you’re interested in, compare what’s offered at Spitzer Motors of Mansfield CDJR, then take the time to review their reliability scores through any of the available sites like Edmunds or KelleyBlueBook, and compare what price the vehicle sold for in your area. 
  • Once you find the models you are interested in, finding the right used car that matches your style may require some determination. Be sure to thoroughly inspect the vehicle and have it inspected by a trusted mechanic, and take it out for a test drive to verify the performance you’re taking on Galion-area roads. 
  • Used Car Financing and Other Fees: After finding your ideal model, take the time to explore your loan options, and be sure to factor in other fees and credits like state sales tax, registration fees, and the trade-in value of your previous vehicle. When completing the deal you’ll also want to make sure you’re covered with any applicable warranties and car insurance plans.

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Used car shopping has a lot more variety then new vehicle shopping, so it’s important that you know what to look for and what to ask when buying a used car. This can help you narrow down your search and avoid costly future repairs. Here are some of the questions that can help: 

  • Is there a history of maintenance?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • 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?
  • Would you drive this vehicle across the country today? If not, why?
  • Is the car as is, or is it under warranty?
  • Does this vehicle affect your insurance premiums?
  • Do the amenities and features work like they’re supposed to?
  • What is the ownership history?
  • What is the vehicle’s mileage?

Explore More Tips About What to Look for When Buying a Used Car from Spitzer Motors of Mansfield CDJR

We want to make the car buying process as simple as possible, and allow you to take advantage of what’s on the market today. Learn more about the car buying process by chatting with our finance department today, and then let us help you get started taking home a new-to-you model today. 


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