What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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If you’re searching for a used hybrid or certified pre-owned vehicle to enhance your Philadelphia drives, the team at Land Rover West Chester works hard to help alleviate the stress typically associated with the used car buying process. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or it’s been a while since your last vehicle purchase, find out what to ask when buying a used car and handy tips to keep in mind during your search. Don’t hesitate to contact our team if you have any questions in the meantime.



How to Buy a Used Car From a Dealer

There are several benefits of buying a used car, like lower prices and more access to premium technologies. Below are some tips and a used car buying checklist to help you through the process:

  • Set a Budget: Think about the balance between cost to buy and cost to own. You’ll want to factor in future repairs, new tires, routine maintenance, and if you’re applying for a car loan to finance the car. Your car payment shouldn’t exceed 10% of your monthly income, so take advantage of our car payment calculator to make sure you’re sticking to your budget.
  • Find the Right Used Car: There are several factors to consider when learning what to look for when buying a car. Consider your budget, mileage expectations, features, and key requirements like the vehicle history report.
  • Test Drive and Inspect the Models: Having determination helps you find the right car that matches your driving needs and style. Thoroughly inspect the vehicle and see if your local mechanic can inspect it s well. Each used car at Land Rover West Chester is thoroughly inspected by a certified technician. Then, test drive the vehicle to ensure it’s safe for the roads.
  • Used Car Financing and Other Fees: After finding the used car that’s right for your driving needs, you’ll want to explore your loan options while factoring in other fees and credits like the state sales tax, registration fees, and trade-in value of your previous vehicle.

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Below is a look at questions to ask as you’re shopping around for your next used car in the Exton and Chester Springs areas:

  • 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?

Get More Used Car Buying Tips at Land Rover West Chester!

Have any questions about the used car buying checklist or additional car buying questions about used vs. CPO vehicles or what’s considered good mileage on a used car? Give us a call! Our team works hard to ensure your visit with us is stress-free and efficient. We look forward to helping your find your next used car at our West Chester dealership!


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