What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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At Momentum Maserati, we’re so much more than your premier Hurst Maserati dealership. We’re also a trusted source for affordable and dependable used vehicles. If you’re in the market for a used or certified pre-owned vehicle, you might be wondering what to look for when buying a used car? Further, you might not know what to ask when buying a used car. We’re here to help you navigate all that and more!

How to Buy a Used Car From a Dealer

Before we tackle how to buy a used car from a dealership like Momentum Maserati, let’s approach another related question first — namely, why should you? Simple: buying used from a dealership is more convenient and quick, and it often allows you to finance the purchase instead of paying full-price up-front. Now, with that out of the way, Here’s what to look for when buying a used car, and how to shop smart:

  • Look for the Right Fit in a Used Car: There are numerous factors you should consider when attempting to buy a dependable used car that meets your needs. It should fit your budget, match your mileage expectations, and fit some of the key requirements like having a vehicle history report. We’ll cover what else to check for when buying a used car in the next section. For now, start by compiling a list of cars you’re interested in and compare that to what’s offered at the dealership. Then, do a deep dive into the reliability reviews of these models from sites like Edmunds or KelleyBlueBook, and compare what price the vehicle sold for in your area.
  • Take a Test Drive and Look Out for Issues: It can take moxie and grit to locate the right used car that matches your style. Don’t give up. When you’ve found an option or even a few that meet your criteria, it’s time to go for a test-drive and walk-around inspection. Be sure to thoroughly look at the vehicle and have it inspected by a trusted mechanic if possible. Next, take it out for a spin to see if it performs adequately for your Plano-area driving needs.
  • Set a Budget: Research fair prices for your vehicle, and take an honest inventory of your preferred or necessary budget. Be sure to factor in future repairs, new tires, routine maintenance, and if a car loan is needed to finance the used car. You can use our payment calculator for help budgeting. Just remember, according to leading economists and personal finance experts, a monthly payment shouldn’t exceed 10% of your monthly income. With today’s cost of living increases, it can be difficult to stick to that rule completely, but try to stay as close as possible — or better yet under 10%, if you can!
  • Factor in Used Car Financing and Fees: Once you’ve located a used car that works in our pre-owned inventory, take your time to explore your loan options, and be sure to factor in other fees and credits like state sales tax, registration fees, and the trade-in value of your previous vehicle. You can even apply for financing online to see how much you might be pre-approved for.

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

What kinds of questions should you ask during your search for a used car near Arlington or Fort Worth? Here’s a list that’s by no means exhaustive:

  • What is the ownership history?
  • What is the vehicle’s mileage?
  • Is there a history of maintenance?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • Are there any current recalls on the vehicle?
  • How was the vehicle priced?
  • Can I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?
  • Do you have the title in hand?
  • Is the car as is, or is it under warranty?
  • Does this vehicle affect your insurance premiums?
  • Do the amenities and features work like they’re supposed to?

Find Your Next Quality Pre-Owned Vehicle for Sale at Momentum Maserati!

Ready to learn everything else there is to know about what to look for and ask when buying a used car, not to mention other car buying tips? We can help! Considering a new car lease instead of a used car purchase? There are perks to leasing and buying, but if you do lease, the Momentum Way of leasing has perks over other car leasing options near Plano.


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