What to Look For When Buying a Used Car

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Buying a vehicle that is not only affordable but also reliable is important which is why Chatham drivers will often turn toward a used truck or SUV for their commutes. However, you might have some hesitations still about why you should buy a used car, or what to be on the lookout for when buying a used car. That is why Green Dodge is ready to help you find the answers. To help you get the best deal, take a look at our used car buying checklist to make sure you aren’t missing a thing, and then explore our inventory of pre-owned vehicles at Green Dodge.

Used Car Buying Checklist

When you are looking for a used car, truck, or SUV, you’ll need to make sure that you are keeping a few things in mind. Obviously, you want a vehicle that matches your needs, while also is still a good price, and is still able to take on anything you throw at it in Rochester. A few things you should keep in mind, and what to look for when buying a used car, include: 

The Vehicle’s Mileage

This may come as no surprise, but mileage is a key factor when looking for a used vehicle. However, just because a car is approaching 100,000 miles doesn’t mean you have to shy away from it, as newer model vehicles with proper maintenance and care are lasting for 200,000 miles and more. When looking for a used car, truck, or SUV, try not to focus on the mileage that is already present on the vehicle and instead focus on the overall condition of the vehicle. For reference, the average driver is said to put about 12,000 miles onto their vehicle every year which plays into the next item on the used car buying checklist. 

The Age of the Vehicle

Age is another factor that you should consider when you’re trying to find a new-to-you vehicle. For example, if you end up comparing two models of the same vehicle, in every way, but one has 150,000 miles over the past 10 years, and the other has 75,000 miles over the past five, the older vehicle may last longer. The older a vehicle, the lower the price tag as well. 

Vehicle Maintenance History

You should always check or ask the dealer for the vehicle history report of any model that you are interested in. This will tell you all about the previous driver, including the maintenance schedule, and any reported major accidents. A vehicle that has a poor history report could have more expensive complications later. You should also get a mechanic to inspect the report, and take the vehicle in for an inspection to make sure it has no mechanical issues that are hidden within. 

Find your New-To-You Vehicle with Green Dodge

Now that you’ve gotten familiar with the used car buying checklist, it’s time for you to decide on the right vehicle for you. You can contact us to schedule a test drive, as well as take advantage of our finance department that is ready to help you through the car buying process.

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