What should you look for when buying a used car?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks, Used Cars on Monday, February 18th, 2019 at 7:59 pm
Car salesman assisting couple in buying a car.

Used Vehicle Buying Guide

It can be hard to know where to start when shopping for a used vehicle. With this guide, we give you some tips that will hopefully shed some light on what your process should be to ensure you end up with the perfect ride.

Benefits of Buying Used

With cars these days being more reliable than ever, there are many benefits to buying used. You avoid the notorious depreciation costs and reap the benefits of increased reliability. Many vehicles these days are still in great health even after 100,000 miles on the meter. In addition to cutting out the infamous first few years of depreciation, buying used gets you cheaper car insurance, registration fees, and lower tax.

A salesman assists a customer with a used vehicle.Cost of Buying a Used Car

This one’s obvious, but it’s good to start with a handle on how much you want to spend. And if you’re looking to get loans and financing, you can apply online for pre-approval at Third Coast Auto.

Read More: Pros and Cons of Leasing vs Buying a Car

Where can I research used vehicle information?

Once you know your price range, start thinking about the features you need for your individual lifestyle. If you have a family, you’re probably going to need more passenger space and cargo volume. If you work on a ranch, you might need a pickup to help with work. And if you want to save the planet, you should go with hybrid or electric.

What is the cost of ownership for a used car?

When considering your next vehicle, don’t just rely on the price tag. Consider the costs of ownership, such as maintenance, insurance, and depreciation. Getting a vehicle with a good reliability rating means it won’t break down and cost you money in repairs and maintenance.

How can I learn a used vehicle’s history?

Use the VIN to see the vehicle’s history. You may have to pay for a vehicle history report, but it’s usually a good idea. You learn if the particular vehicle has ever been in an accident or had some serious damage issue. You can also see the official mileage, along with previous owners and maintenance. It’s pretty cool to get a feel for what a vehicle has been through before it met you.

Where can a I buy a used vehicle in Austin TX?

Come to a reliable dealer, such as Third Creek Auto. We have five dealerships, with two in Austin, Kyle, Round Rock, and New Braunfels.  Feel free to come check out our inventory in person, or view it right here online.

After you’ve found a vehicle you like, it’s time to schedule a test drive. It’s good to drive on a route that has a variety of terrain, such as hills, bumpy roads, potholes, curves, and smooth highway. Pay attention to visibility, power/performance, brakes, comfort, and the overall mechanical condition. After the drive, check the vehicle for other features that are important to you, such as cargo room and technology.