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In the recent past, buyers were almost blind when choosing a used vehicle. Today, you can buy a used car that has been thoroughly checked, with transparent history, a guarantee, and a diagnostic card. Buying a used car from a dealer means optimizing the costs and minimizing the risks associated with legal matters. So what steps do you need to take to buy a used car with no trouble?
Read more about each step of buying a used car below.
To choose the right car, you should define the main tasks it will have to perform each day. Ask yourself whether you need a used sedan for everyday drives to work or a minivan for weekend trips outside Indianapolis. How many family members do you have or how many friends do you plan to take to the picnic? There is no need to buy an SUV right away if you do not plan on frequent off-road trips. Do not consider vans as a family-truck-business car – their maintenance will be more expensive in comparison with an ordinary passenger car, and conditional versatility can be useful once or twice a year.
Also, if you are not the service station owner, try to bypass certain exotic brands or limited edition models. It is worth choosing from popular car brands – they will have spare parts and the ability to get the repair at any service station, and not only at specialized ones.
As far as you have chosen several attractive models, have a look at the offers on the market. Study the ads, look at the photos, read the descriptions. Get an understanding of the price, taking into account age, type of engine, gearbox, equipment, mileage, condition, and other factors. Consider the prices of the same model you plan to buy, but several years older, to see how much its price may fall soon. Or read about cars that hold their value. Define your budget, and proceed to the next step.
Here is the checklist for choosing a used car dealer in Indianapolis:
As a rule, the first thing that a used car buyer worries about is the vehicle’s condition. So your main step here is to reveal whether the car has been in an accident and check that everything works properly.
When buying a used car at our dealership, you can order a CARFAX check for free. But you can also take steps to check some details on your own:
When you are going to buy a used car, the vehicle registration certificate is the most important document to check. Make sure that all data in the certificate, including VIN, make, model, and year, matches the car you buy.
During the test drive of the used vehicle, try to answer the following questions:
This way, you get a chance to evaluate whether the car’s behavior matches its price and your expectations.
At our car lot in Indianapolis, you will find the largest selection of models and makes for any taste and budget. Come to the Indy Auto Man dealership, and our team will guide you through all the steps of buying the used car with no headache!