Used cars cost thousands less than their new counterparts to provide you with an affordable means of transportation. They also depreciate at a slower rate than new cars and may come with maintenance programs. If you think a used car may be the right option for you, here’s what you should know about pre-owned vehicles.
Common Questions About Used Cars
What’s the difference between a used car & a certified pre-owned vehicle?
Certified pre-owned vehicles undergo extensive inspections before they enter the dealership lot and receive whatever repairs or replacements they need for factory-backed approvals. Most certified pre-owned vehicles include extended warranties and roadside assistance to help you stay safe on the road. “Regular” used cars do not get inspected or factory-approved before they are sold, nor do they include maintenance programs. However, they cost less than CPO models.
What should I know about a car’s history?
In addition to checking the car’s mileage, you should request a vehicle history report. Learn how often the car has received oil changes, tuneups, and other maintenance services, and whether it was in any accidents or floods. If the information you want cannot be provided, move on.
Why is it better to buy from a dealership?
Car dealerships generally provide detailed information about the vehicle in question, something private and third-party sellers may not be able to offer. Purchasing a used car from a private or third-party seller also means you will not enjoy any of the perks associated with certified pre-owned vehicle ownership.
Should I get pre-approved for a car loan first?
If you plan to finance your used car, yes. Loan pre-approval streamlines the buying process considerably and virtually ensures you get the best rate possible. Experts generally recommend putting down 10% of the vehicle’s cost and planning to pay the rest off over three years.
If a used car is right for you, talk to the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Jim Skinner Honda. Based in Dothan, AL, this premier car dealership provides Houston County residents with an outstanding inventory of new and certified used cars, including the sedans, SUVs, and sports vehicles. Car service and parts are also available, as is convenient financing. Call (334) 671-8100 with questions or review the inventory online. Get the latest dealership news and updates on Facebook.