What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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Whether you’ve got your eye on a used 3-row SUV or a certified sedan, many drivers wonder what to look for when buying a used car. Kelley Automotive Group is here to offer our top tips on buying a used car, so you can walk away with just the right model for you. From setting your budget to finding the best offers around, we’re here to help you shop strategically. Let’s get started, and feel free to preview our used inventory online.



How to Buy a Used Car From a Dealer

There are countless benefits to purchasing pre-owned, like lower monthlypayments and lower depreciation. But, knowing how to buy a used car from a dealer can be intimidating. Luckily, Kelley Automotive Group makes the experience easy – so, here’s a brief overview of the process:

  • Set a Budget: Not only should you factor in the cost of the car up front, but also the costs of ownership. This includes everything from maintenance to fueling costs, so do your research. Your monthly payments shouldn’t exceed 10% of your monthly income, and you can crunch numbers with our payment calculator.
  • Find the Right Used Car: Once you’ve set your price range, think about other factors: mileage, vehicle history, vehicle type, features. Create a list of potential buys, and check reviews from sites like Edmunds or Kelley Blue Book. These sites also let you check prices in the Winter Haven area.
  • Test Drive and Inspect the Models: After narrowing down your list to a handful of models, head to the dealership to start test driving models. We recommend doing a thorough test drive to simulate you normal Auburndale commute, and get a professional inspection if possible. This will help you buy with confidence.
  • Used Car Financing and Other Fees: Now that you’ve secured the right car, it’s time to secure the right financing. Explore your loan options, and don’t forget to factor in fees and credits – state sales tax, registration fees, and the trade-in value of your previous vehicle. Double check applicable warranties and car insurance plans.

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Knowing what to ask when buying a used car can save you a lot of time and effort while shopping around Bartow. But, it’s important to know what factors are the most important. Here’s a good starting point for your inquiries.

  • 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?

Shop with Kelley Automotive Group for Your Next Used Car

Want more tips on buying a used car? Visit Kelley Automotive Group to get personalized advice on your driving and financing options, and allow our team to help you find just the right model. Contact us to get started!


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