Buying a used car is incredibly simple, but there are still some things to keep in mind when you head to the dealership. Ask these questions to get the best deal possible and make sure you’re getting a car that fits your needs.
1. Will they take your current car as a trade-in?
When you buy a car, an easy way to bring down the cost of your monthly payment is by trading in the car you currently own. Ask the dealer if they’ll take your current car and use its value to put toward a down payment.
2. Will they provide a CARFAX report?
No one wants to buy a used car without knowing its history. Many dealers will provide a free copy of the CARFAX report that tells you when the car has been taken in for maintenance and whether it’s been in any accidents.
3. Can you get a discount if you pay with cash?
If you have the cash to pay out of pocket, you may be able to bring the price down a little. Because the dealer is getting their money upfront instead of going through a long financing process, they might be willing to offer a discount.
4. How long can your test drive be?
You need to make sure the car you’re buying is in good shape and meets your needs, so taking it for a thorough test drive is a must. Make sure the dealer will let you take the time you need to check out the car — if they don’t, it could be a red flag.
5. Are there any demo cars for sale?
A demo is a car that has been used for test drives, and buying one is an easy way to get a like-new car while avoiding some new car drawbacks. This option isn’t for everyone, since the price tag will still be higher than a used car that’s a few years old. But if you have the extra room in your budget, it’s a great option.
We have a large selection of used vehicles to choose from at Tipton Auto. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our staff and we’ll be happy to help you find your perfect dream car.