Date: April 16, 2022
Buying a car can be stressful, especially if you’re looking at used cars. You don’t want to end up with something that’s going to cost you more money than you save, so it’s best to be prepared before you start the process. To make sure your used car shopping trip goes smoothly, follow this list of things to do and ask before buying your next used vehicle.
What car do you want?
Maybe you have a friend or family member who drives a model that you like, or maybe you’ve seen an advertisement for something that looks appealing. Figure out what kind of car it is and find one in your price range. If possible, don’t limit yourself to cars in your area. Knowing how far you’re willing to drive can help eliminate some models from contention while leaving plenty of others available to view and test drive. Always go test drive used cars before buying them.
What is your budget?
If you're buying a car with cash, then your budget is whatever you have to spend. But most people will be financing their new ride, and when you buy on credit, your budget is a lot more complicated. That's because there are several factors that affect what you'll pay for a car: down payment, trade-in value, loan term and interest rate. The less money you have upfront to put toward your purchase, the more will go toward interest over time. An older car might require repairs or may not hold its value well in resale -- but it can allow you to get into something nicer with lower monthly payments than if you bought brand new.
How much research have you done?
You’ve done your research, but make sure you have as much information as possible before making a decision. A good first step is to set up an appointment with multiple dealerships in order to get an idea of price ranges, interest rates and warranty options. You can also consider asking friends who have bought cars recently about their experiences—the more information you can gather, the better off you’ll be. Most importantly, don’t feel pressured by aggressive car salesmen: It’s your money and your purchase; remember that if they don’t respect that fact early on, they probably won’t do so later on down the line either. Just walk away from any negotiation or sale situation that makes you uncomfortable.
Get a Vehicle History Report
Run a car history report on any vehicle you’re considering buying. It will tell you everything from where it was made to how many accidents it’s been in and whether or not it was ever stolen. Here at the Binghamton Auto Exchange, we are a certified Carfax advantage dealer......meaning you get a free Carfax report on every vehicle in our inventory. If there is anything that needs to be disclosed, it is listed right there on your Carfax report. This way you can feel confident that your next used car purchase is a great one! If you would like more information about Carfax reports or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our sales associates, please give us a call today! 607-754-9118.
Come and visit us today at 209 Vestal Parkway West in Vestal, NY and see why we are the most trusted name in pre-owned luxury under $15,000 in the Southern Tier since 1976. We have an extensive inventory of luxury used cars, trucks, vans and SUVs. With our wide selection of vehicles you will be sure to find something that meets your needs and budget. If you are looking for used car dealers near Ithaca, NY, then look no further. We are a short drive away from your next luxury vehicle purchase!
209 Vestal Parkway West
Vestal, NY 13850
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