Purchasing a used car is a wonderful way to save money on transportation and enjoy a like-new vehicle for years. However, it’s still possible to buy a car that’s a “lemon” unless you do the proper research. Ask your local dealership the following questions before signing off on any pre-owned car or truck so you drive away with a sound investment.
What Should You Ask Before Purchasing a Used Car?
1. Can You Provide the Vehicle History Report?
Request the vehicle history report and move on if the dealer claims one isn’t available. These history reports use vehicle identification numbers (VINs) to provide invaluable information on the car, including how many people owned it, maintenance and accident history, whether it was in a flood, and if any liens exist on the car. Some vehicles include separate service records detailing oil change and tuneup frequency. Get as much information as you can before making a purchase.
2. What Is the Car’s Cash Price?
Ask about the car’s cash price, as dealerships typically sell vehicles for lower rates if the new owner doesn’t require financing. Cash deals also mean less paperwork. If the dealer does not offer a cash option, learn about available financing options to get the lowest price possible.
3. Has the Vehicle Been Serviced Since It Arrived at the Dealership?
Learn whether the vehicle has undergone any servicing after arriving at the dealership. Certified pre-owned vehicles receive meticulous inspections and repairs before being put on the market, and come with manufacturer guarantees, extended warranties, and even roadside assistance. Standard used cars typically do not receive inspections and maintenance before they go up for sale.
4. Can I Take It for a Test Drive?
Never purchase a new or used car without taking it for a test drive first. Even if it checks out, if you don’t like how the vehicle handles or you feel uncomfortable behind the wheel for any reason, look into other used cars. Most dealerships offer test rides, and some offer the vehicle on loan for extended periods.
Find the perfect used car for you at Jack Kain Ford Inc., the family-owned Ford dealership that has served Central Kentucky since 1953. Known for an unwavering dedication to honest, upfront service, this dealership offers certified pre-owned vehicles as well as a Quick Lane® service center to keep your vehicle running smoothly. Call (888) 685-1211 today to speak with a knowledgeable representative or visit the dealership online for financing information. Get the latest tips and deals on Facebook.