Tips for Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car is a great way to save money — but how do you go about doing so? Here are some tips for buying a used car that should help make the process a bit easier.

Set a budget. It’s important to know what you can and cannot afford before you begin looking for a used car. Consider how much it will cost to own the vehicle, along with what your monthly payments might look like if you take out a loan to purchase it.

Research. Before you even begin looking for your next vehicle, make sure you know what you want. If you have a big family, consider a minivan like the Chrysler Pacifica; for someone who likes to head off-road, a Jeep® Wrangler might be appealing. Once you have done your research and found the ideal vehicle for your needs, then you can begin properly searching.

Decide between dealership vs private purchase. Dealerships tend to have a range of late-model used cars available, thanks to lease returns and trade-ins. Used cars at the dealership can also be part of the manufacturers’ Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle program. This means the vehicle has undergone a multi-point inspection to ensure it’s as good as new. A private seller’s vehicle hasn’t undergone this type of inspection, though it does usually offer a lower price.

Inspect and drive. Take a look at the used vehicle to see if it is in good condition. Also, make sure you drive it for more than five minutes and, when you are driving it, make sure you do so as you would if it was yours.

Contact us at O’Connor Chrysler Dodge Jeep® Ram if you have any questions about buying your next pre-owned vehicle.

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