What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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More and more Nixa drivers are opting to buy used cars instead of new cars, and who could blame them? Shopping for a pre-owned car opens up a world of makes, models, prices, and features that you might not find in a new car inventory. Whether you’re new to buying a pre-owned car or you just need to brush up on the latest information, you might be wondering what to look for when buying a new car. The team at Thompson Cadillac is here to help with our used car buying tips!



How to Buy a Used Car From a Dealer

Buying a used car from a dealer instead of waiting for the right one to come along in Ozark is a great way to save time and money on the used car you want. Shopping the used inventory at Thompson Cadillac means you can find price points from bargain used cars to like-new certified pre-owned. Follow these used car buying tips to get the most from your experience:

  1. Set a Budget: Look beyond the sticker price and consider the price to own the vehicle you want in Republic, like fuel, insurance, taxes, and fees. Also factor in any part replacements like tires that you might need to make sooner than you would with a new car. A monthly payment shouldn’t exceed 10 percent of your monthly income. Get an idea of monthly payments with our payment calculator.
  2. Find the Right Used Car: Your used car should fit your budget, match your mileage expectations, and fit some of the key requirements like the vehicle history report. We’ll discuss what to ask when buying a used car in a bit. Compile a list of cars you’re interested in and compare that to what’s offered at the dealership. Next, do your research by reading reliability reviews from sites like Edmunds or Kelley Blue Book, and compare what price the vehicle sold for in the Springfield area.
  3. Test Drive and Inspect the Models: A test drive should ensure that you enjoy driving the vehicle and feel safe and comfortable in it. It should also help you pinpoint any mechanical problems. You can have a used vehicle inspected by an independent mechanic of your choice.
  4. Used Car Financing and Other Fees: Shop for a loan rate that’s right for your budget. Don’t forget to include the other costs we mentioned in the first step. You can apply for financing with us and we’ll do the legwork to find a great loan rate for you.

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

These are some of the most important 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?

Learn More About Car Purchasing with Thompson Cadillac

When it comes to buying a used or new car, an educated shopper is a happy shopper, and Thompson Cadillac wants all of our customers to leave happy! Visit our car-buying tips hub for an ever-growing collection of articles designed to take the mystery out of the car-buying process.


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