What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

Used cars on a lot

If you’re shopping around for the right quality used or certified pre-owned vehicle, you may feel like the process is overwhelming and stressful. When you shop at our dealership near Kettering, you won’t have to deal with any stress associated with the car buying process, thanks to our tips for buying a used car. Learn what to ask when buying a used car and more with the team at Bob Ross Buick GMC below! Then, explore our used inventory to find the quality used car that’s right for you without breaking the bank.

How to Buy a Used Car From a Dealer

There are lots of benefits of buying a used car, such as paying a lower price and getting more advanced technologies. As you’re exploring for the right used car for your Springboro commute, you can also explore additional options like our inventory of used cars priced under $15k. Below are steps to follow when buying a used car from a dealership:

  • Set a Budget: Consider the balance between cost to buy and cost to own. Thnk about any future repairs, new tires, routine maintenance, and if a car loan is needed to purchase the vehicle. Your monthly payments shouldn’t exceed 10% of your monthly income. Take advantage of our car payment calculator to see how much you can afford to pay for your next ride.
  • Find the Right Used Car: Make sure the vehicles you’re exploring match your budget, mile expectations, and essential requirements like the vehicle history report. Consider what type of cars you’re interested in and see if they’re available at the dealership. Then, deep dive into reliability reviews from trusted websites like KelleyBlueBook and Edmunds. 
  • Test Drive and Inspect the Models: Have the car inspected by a trusted mechanic. You’ll also want to take it out for a test drive to see how it performs on Centerville streets. 
  • Used Car Financing and Other Fees: After finding the used vehicle right for you, know your loan options. Don’t forget to factor in additional fees and credits like state sales tax, registration fees, and the trade-in value of your previous vehicle. 

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car can be daunting for some people, but you want to know what you’re looking for and what to ask before making the purchase. Below are tips for what to ask when buying a used car:

  • 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?

Learn More Car Buying Tips at Bob Ross Buick GMC!

Want to know more about what to look for when buying a used car or other helpful car-buying tips? We can help! You can also explore our pre-owned specials and apply for financing right at home to see if you qualify in minutes! Don’t hesitate to reach out to our sales or finance team if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment. 


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