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3 Beginner's Tips for Buying a Used Car March 8, 2018

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3 Beginner's Tips for Buying a Used Car, Puyallup, Washington

Purchasing a used car is different than buying a new one. If you’ve never shopped for pre-owned vehicles, you should have a game plan to ensure you receive the best one available for the lowest possible price. Below are a few tips to equip you with all the tools you’ll need to find a quality vehicle. 

How to Buy the Best Used Car

1. Work Out a Budget 

To narrow your options, determine how much you’re willing to spend on a vehicle, as well as how you plan to pay for it. As a general rule, it should be between 10 to 20% of your annual income. It may be helpful to research your credit. That way, you’ll have a general idea of the type of auto loans you’re eligible for. 

2. Research Your Ideal Vehicle 

used-carOnce you’ve settled on a price range, search for vehicles that meet your needs. Research the reliability and ownership costs, and use pricing guides to determine the worth of the make and model of car. At this point, you can begin visiting car dealerships to get a good idea of which options are available. 

​​​​​​​3. Check Its History & Test Drive It 

When you’ve found your ideal used car, you’re almost ready to make the purchase. But first, perform a check on the vehicle’s history by running its VIN; this information will tell you who’s owned it in the past, as well as if it’s been involved in any accidents. After doing so, test drive the vehicle to determine whether it meets your standards, paying close attention to how it sounds and feels to alert you to any problems. 


Visiting a used car dealership can be overwhelming at times, which is why the professionals from Pac Ave Auto Sales in Puyallup, WA, are available to help. With their extensive inventory of pre-owned cars and trucks and their no-pressure sales approach, they make it easy to find the car of your dreams. Call (253) 535-2911 to speak with a representative, and visit them online for a closer look at their inventory. 

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