Buying a used car is not the same as buying a brand new one. Follow these easy steps to find the perfect pre-owned car for you.
Step 1 - Determine What You Need
Think about your lifestyle and plans for the future to figure out which type of car makes the most sense. For example, if you plan on having children in the future, a backseat will be essential. If your kids are adults now, you may finally be able to buy that two-seater sports car you've always wanted!
Step 2 - Work Out Your Budget
Take a good, hard look at your finances to determine how much you can actually afford to pay. Be sure to take into account the costs of insurance and maintenance as well.
Step 3 - Decide if You Will Finance or Pay in Full
Paying in full will save you the most money, but if that isn't possible, aim to put down as much money as possible. This will minimize the amount you have to borrow and reduce the amount of interest you will pay over the life of the loan.
Step 4 - Consider a Variety of Vehicles
Even if you've had your heart set on a particular car for as long as you can remember, it's still a good idea to see what else is out there. Automakers add new features each year, so a car that you may have overlooked in the past could turn out to be perfect for you.
Step 5 - Factor in the Cost of Ownership
Even for cars in the same price range, some will cost more to maintain and insure than others. It may be worth paying a bit more upfront to reduce your maintenance and insurance costs over time.
Step 6 - Locate Cars for Sale
Take the time to do plenty of research on what is available in your area. Many dealerships can bring cars over from other lots if needed, so don't feel locked into just your immediate neighborhood.
Step 7 - Schedule a Test Drive
It's time for the fun part! Contact dealerships or private sellers about your preferred vehicles and book a time to test drive them. Pay close attention to how the vehicle drives, feels and sounds. Be on the lookout for any signs that the vehicle hasn't been maintained properly by the previous owner.
Step 8 - Arrange an Inspection
Most sellers will be fine with you taking the vehicle to your mechanic for a check-up. If they refuse, it could be a red flag that there is something wrong with the car.
Step 9 - Negotiate a Favorable Price
If you think the seller is asking too much, don't be shy about negotiating. Most sellers have a bit of wiggle room in terms of price.
Step 10 - Finalize the Paperwork
All that's left is to pay for the vehicle or secure an auto loan. Don't forget to get your new car registered as soon as possible.
Check Out the Selection at Hometown Chevrolet
Here at Hometown Chevrolet, we have a vast selection of used vehicles from a variety of manufacturers, not just Chevy. Our selection is constantly changing, so stop by and see what we've got today!