Buying A Used Car Tips And Advice
Posted on March 12, 2020
At Caledon Chrysler, we believe that buying a used car in Ontario should be an easy and stress-free experience. Our sales staff does its best to take away any worries you might have about purchasing a pre-owned vehicle. That's why we thought it would be helpful to give our loyal customers some general advice and a few of our favourite used car buying tips.
1. Pricing It Out
As with any car purchase, be it used or new, you always want to stay within your budget. You need to be realistic about what you can afford to spend, so you need to make a detailed budget. If you chose to finance your used car, most experts will advise you not to spend more than 20% of your monthly income. It is also important to remember that things like taxes, fees, and insurance costs will add about 10% to the final price, so you need to put that aside as well. If you do a little bookkeeping before you come to Caledon Chrysler, it will save you a great deal of time and effort later. It is also important to get the vehicle that you need, so don't just go for the least expensive option, as it might end up costing you more in the long run. You can also take advantage of the every expanding list of used vehicle specials at Caledon Chrysler.
2. What Kind of Car Do You Need?
While we'd all like to be zooming around in a two-seat sports car, that is not always the practical choice. When you are considering a pre-owned vehicle, you need to take into account a whole host of issues including, number of passengers, gas mileage, cargo space, and performance. It helps if you make these decisions beforehand, and then do some research on your own. Have a general idea of what model you would prefer before shopping. As always, the sales experts at Caledon Chrysler will give you many different options so keep an open mind!
Just like with a new vehicle, taking a test-drive is important. You will be spending a good deal of time in your car, so you'll want to be confident that it drives up to your standards. You'll want to make sure that you're completely comfortable in your used car, so check out the headroom, hiproom, legroom, and seating comfort. As well, make sure to check that there are no noticeable, or odd smells or sounds during the test-drive. Of course, it goes without saying that the car should also be fun to drive! So, don't settle until you find the right one.
4. Check Vehicle History Report
At Caledon Chrysler, we never will sell you a used vehicle without the proper Used Vehicle Information Package. However, it is always a good habit to check the vehicle history report, so you know everything has happened to your car. These reports will let you know if it has been in an accident or had major repairs.
If you follow these four simple tips, we believe that the used car buying experience will be much easier for everyone involved. If you still have questions, or you're not, sure a used car is right for you, just drop by Caledon Chrysler and we'd be happy to have a no-pressure chat with you about all your car buying options.