If you need to get another vehicle, buying used can be a great way to save a significant amount of money compared to buying new. Not every used vehicle is a good deal though, which is why you need to take precautions when making such a big purchase decision. By following these two tips, you will help ensure the vehicle you select is in great shape.
Buy A Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle
It can be difficult to know if the vehicle you are purchasing is in great shape, especially when you do not have many opportunities to test drive it. Thankfully, the used vehicle market has changed for the better in some ways.
Much like refurbished appliances, there are CPO vehicles that are treated in a similar manner. CPO vehicles are used cars that have been traded in and examined by the manufacturer. All necessary repairs are made so the car meets the manufacturer's high standard of quality. CPO vehicles may have a warranty that covers labor and parts, which will put you at ease knowing that the vehicle will work or it will be repaired for free.
CPO vehicles are sold by an official dealership for the vehicle's manufacturer. If someone else is offering to sell you a CPO vehicle, it may not have gone through the CPO vehicle inspection process.
Get A Mechanic To Inspect The Vehicle
Expect to pay around $150-$250 for a mechanic to inspect the car for you. A used car inspection is based on a point system, which can range from 50 to 150 points. Each point is an aspect of the car that the mechanic will check. An aspect can range from an inspection of the brakes, to verifying that the VIN numbers on the vehicle match. Look at the different inspection point tiers, and verify that everything that you want inspected is covered in your selected tier.
Be sure to agree to a price on the used vehicle with the seller before any inspection that you have done. You do not want to take the time and money to have a vehicle inspected, only to have the seller raise the vehicle's price at the last moment because you were told it is in excellent condition.
Now that you know two ways on how to find a great used vehicle from a dealer like Auto Mart USA, you should not have any surprises with your vehicle after you take it home.