Buying Used? Here Are Some Tips!

a lot filled with used carsFor many drivers, it’s a sound economical choice to opt for a reliable pre-owned model rather than buy a brand-new vehicle. Before you ever head to the lot, you’ll need to take some essential steps to prepare, so let’s go over some helpful tips for picking out your next pre-owned vehicle.

Have a Plan

To begin, set a budget for how much money you’re comfortable spending on your next vehicle. You’ll need to make sure you have enough money set aside for loan payments, and even if you’re paying cash, you’ll need to consider auto insurance payments, registration, and even a maintenance budget in your plan. Financing your car with a loan lets you create a payment strategy with the help of a finance professional, and you can start by using our Payment Calculator to get an idea of what your rate could be.

Do the Research

Before you’re ready to take anything for a test drive, you’ll need to determine what kind of vehicle best suits your needs. If you just need something for the daily commute, a sedan or compact would both be efficient solutions with plenty of appealing features. If you need more space for family and friends, an SUV or minivan provides convenient answers with ample space and safety systems. Of course, pickup trucks are built for work, so if you have hauling and towing duties ahead, you’ll find several manufactures that specialize in durable workhorses. Once you know the body style you want, you’ll need to examine the long-term value of each model under consideration. J.D. Power, Consumer Reports, and other organizations gather maintenance data to determine overall reliability, and other factors like fuel efficiency should also come up whenever you speak with a sales representative.

Take a Closer Look

When you’ve found model that appeals to you, the next step is to look into its history. Run a vehicle history report using the car’s Vehicle Identification Number to see its record on AutoCheck or CarFax. Some essential research will show how many previous owners have driven the vehicle, if it’s been in any accidents, and other important details. If the car’s history checks out with you, you can then visit the car lot to take it for a test drive. While the drive itself can be exciting, you’ll need to pay attention to how the vehicle handles and if it presents any concerns. Be aware of blind spots and your overall visibility, as well as how easy it is to manage the steering, braking, and essential controls.

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Find Your Pre-Owned Car at Berglund Automotive

If you’re looking to save on a reliable used model, we invite you to see what we have waiting for you here within our diverse pre-owned selection! Whether you’re in the market for a convenient sedan or coupe, a versatile SUV, a family-friendly minivan, or a hearty pickup truck, we’re sure to have just what you need for a great low price. Contact us to learn more about our inventory, and feel free to ask about our convenient financing options.  While you’re speaking with our staff, don’t forget to inquire about our latest deals to save big on your next car.