Buying a used car can be a lot of fun, but it may also feel a little overwhelming. After all, it is a pretty big decision, one with big implications both for your finances and for your everyday life. You want to enjoy the process, but you also want to get it right.
One way to ensure a wise decision is to do some homework on the front end. There are a few steps we would recommend buyers take before they come down to their local used car dealer. We will outline those steps below; as ever, if you have any questions, you can also just contact ProX Motors directly!
Make a Budget
Before buying a car, it is important to know how much car you can afford. Part of that means taking a peek into your savings account to see what kind of down payment you can make. Also, take a look at your monthly spending and think about the costs associated with owning a used car. Including the payment, gas, insurance, and maintenance.
Come up with a good, hard-and-fast number before you start looking at specific cars, and certainly before you visit your used car dealer.
It is always wise to use Google to vet different cars, finding a make and model that is right for you. Thankfully, a few quick searches can turn over plenty of expert reviews as well as endorsements from real, everyday vehicle owners.
Make sure you pay attention to things like fuel economy, space, performance, reliability. Whatever is important to you. Ideally, you will come up with a list of three to five specific vehicles you would like to see when you visit the used car dealer.
In addition to Googling cars, we also recommend Googling dealerships!
Read reviews on Google, Facebook, and Yelp to locate a local used car dealer with a sterling reputation. And of course, also ask family and friends for any specific recommendations they might have.
One more recommendation is to do a little research to help you understand how much you should be paying for your used car. Resources like Kelley Blue Book are generally reliable guides about a cars basic resale value, and they can help prevent you from overpaying.
Note that the specific price point can ebb and flow depending on the condition of the specific car in question, but still, it is good to arrive at the used car dealership with a ballpark estimate.
Once you have done your due diligence, you are ready to visit the dealership, where you can actually see the inventory and go out for a test drive.
We hope you will consider ProX Motors for all your used vehicle needs. Indeed, we are a trusted source of used cars in South Gate, CA, and we are always here to answer any questions you may have about a particular make or model. Contact us at any time.