What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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Buying a used car is a big decision. You’ve got to do your research, determine a budget, and figure out if you can maintain the vehicle properly. As such, searching for the right used or certified pre-owned vehicle can seem like an arduous task for Darlington drivers.

Luckily, buying a car from a dealer can take a lot of the worry and trouble out of the process of buying a used car. Whether you’re a first-time buyer, haven’t bought a car in a while, or you’ve had bad car-buying experiences in the past, you’ll be able to sit down with our team, and we will work with you to simplify your experience.

The staff at Five Star Chevrolet Florence is more than happy to answer any questions you have. We’ll help you find out what to look for when buying a used car, what to ask when buying a used car, and some tips to keep in mind as you shop for a new-to-you vehicle. 

Find out more about the car-buying process with our guide. If you’re ready to take any of the used cars in our inventory out for a test drive, simply contact us or call (843) 773-2939, and we’ll gladly put you behind the wheel of your next vehicle. 

How to Buy a Used Car From a Dealer

You’ll see plenty of benefits from buying a used car, such as a lower price and plenty of quality vehicles. While you’re searching for the right used car for your Sumter drives, look for options such as cars priced under $15k, certified pre-owned models, and other choices at our dealership. 

Look over some steps for how to buy a used car from a dealer like us here at Five Star Chevrolet Florence: 

  • Set a Budget: Consider the balance between the cost to buy your vehicle and cost of ownership. You must factor in future repairs, new tires, routine maintenance, and if a car loan is needed to finance the used car. One relevant tip: a monthly payment shouldn’t exceed 10% of your monthly income. Get an idea of monthly payments with our handy payment calculator. 
  • Find the Right Used Car: Consider a few things when learning how to buy a used car. It should fit your budget, match your mileage expectations, and fit some key requirements, like what you find in a vehicle history report. Start by compiling a list of cars you’re interested in. Compare that list to what’s offered at the dealership. Then, dive deeply into the reliability reviews from sites like Edmunds or Kelley Blue Book, and compare what price the vehicle sold for in your area. 
  • Test Drive and Inspect Your Top Models: You might need to do some digging to find the right used car that matches your lifestyle. Thoroughly inspect the vehicle and have it inspected by a trusted mechanic. Take it out for a test drive to verify the performance of the vehicle by taking it for a drive on Marion-area roads. 
  • Used Car Financing and Other Fees: Once you’ve found a used car that works for you and drives well, take your time to explore your financing options. 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, find out what kind of applicable warranties and car insurance plans you have in place.

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

There are a wide range of factors and questions when shopping for a used car. Not only is it important to know what to look for when buying a used car, but you also need to ask the right questions to make sure you’re not signing up for costly repairs in the future. 

Read over some questions to ask when buying a used car: 

  • 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?

Discover More of What to Look for When Buying a Used Car at Five Star Chevrolet Florence

Our team is more than happy to help make the car-buying process easy for you. As a start, take full advantage of our selection of used cars from some of the top brands on the market. Look over the finance department to find out more about applying for financing


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