What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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Whether you’re a first-time car buyer or you’re upgrading the car you’ve had for years, it can be a bit overwhelming when considering your options. When you visit a dealership like Elk Grove Hyundai, you’ll have the opportunity to explore our wide range of reliable used and certified pre-owned vehicles, and you’ll be able to discuss your performance and comfort needs with our team. In our guide below, we’ll cover what you can expect from a dealership and what you should ask when buying a used car. Explore the car buying process below and schedule a test drive today!

Buying a Used Car from a Dealership

When you shop for a used car from a dealership, you have the benefit of more affordable models with the technology you need to get through the day around Natomas. You can even find models priced under 20k and used fuel-efficient models at Elk Grove Hyundai. Here’s what to expect when buying a used car from a dealership:

  • Creating a Budget: Start by taking the time to consider the cost of the vehicle and the cost it takes to own and operate the vehicle. Be sure to factor in future repairs, maintenance, and the car loan itself. Remember, your monthly payment should not exceed 10% of your income. Utilize our payment calculator to estimate monthly payments.
  • Choosing the Right Used Car: The best used car should not only fit your budget but also your performance and mileage and key requirements such as the vehicle history report. We’ll cover the vehicle history report and what to ask when buying a used car in the next section. Next, you should compile a list of cars that interest you and research reliability reviews from reputable sources like Edmunds or KelleyBlueBook, and local selling prices.
  • Test Drive and Inspection: Finding the perfect used car may require some effort. Inspect the vehicle thoroughly and have a trusted mechanic examine it. Then, be sure to take the car for a spin on Roseville streets to see if you enjoy how it performs.
  • Used Car Financing and Additional Expenses: Once you’ve found the ideal used car, take your time to explore loan options. Consider other fees like state sales tax, registration fees, and the trade-in value of your previous vehicle. Ensure you have suitable warranties and car insurance coverage before finalizing the deal.

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

There’s a lot to consider when buying a used car. The used car you’re purchasing should have a vehicle history report detailing any accidents or history of repairs. You want to make sure you’re not surprised by any costly repairs in the future. Here’s what 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?

Shop for a Used Car with Elk Grove Hyundai!

At Elk Grove Hyundai, we know how precious your time is, and getting to the dealership is easier said than done. That’s why we make shopping for a used car as easy and quick as can be: express check out, purchase from the comfort of your home, choose your car, choose your payment, set you delivery time… free delivery anywhere in Northern California. Ready to get started? Contact us online or call us at (279) 348-2495 today.


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