Buying a used car can be intimidating, but arming yourself with some knowledge before you set foot onto a car lot could go a long way in saving you time and money. After all, car dealerships aren’t known for their transparency. Here’s what you need to know before you head out to buy the vehicle from a car dealership, which includes the questions to ask before buying a used car.
There are some essential questions to ask when buying a car. Your salesperson should be able to answer all of these as you go through the car-buying process. If they can’t, the manager should be able to help. Google is a great backup tool if the dealer isn’t able to help. But, if your dealer isn’t helpful with any of the questions you might have, then you may want to find another dealer to work with. After all, you’re going to want to know everything you need to know before you invest that kind of money into the vehicle of your dreams.
Tips For Buying A Used Car
1. Do you have the car I want?
Dealerships often have limited stock that can change by the hour as people purchase or lease vehicles. Before you settle into a relationship with a salesperson and head out on a test drive, make sure that the dealership has the cars you are interested in. Whether you need a full-size 4X4 SUV or a gas-sipping sedan with all the latest technology, confirm that the vehicles you picked on the dealer’s website are available in your price range.
2. What are the warranty details?
Finding out what the car warranty covers and its duration are essential steps in the car-buying journey. Most brands offer a three-year, 35,000-mile basic warranty, which provides the classic ‘bumper-to-bumper’ coverage, and a five-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty, which covers the engine, transmission, and drive axle. Both begin when the first owner buys the car. Warranty coverage can vary by manufacturers and even by model, which is why it’s essential to ask the salesperson to explain the warranty coverage to you.
3. What is the ‘out-of-door’ price?
The ‘out-of-door price’ on a car is the vehicle’s total cost, including all the fees and additional charges you need to pay to own the vehicle legally. The out-the-door price includes dealership fees and TT&L, which is taxes, title, and license fees. This number gives you an accurate idea of the car costs – what you would pay in interest or fees to the lender for the loan.
4. What are the additional fees?
Ask what the additional fees are on any car deal. New cars usually have a delivery fee or destination charge of around $1,000 that may not be included in the manufacturers’ suggested retail price (MSRP). Dealers also charge document fees, which can vary widely, from $200 to $1,200 depending on the state and the dealership.
5. Can you beat my pre-approved auto loan rate?
It’s essential to get a pre-approved auto loan before going to a dealer. Dealerships have a network of competing lenders that often allow dealers to raise customers APRs so that dealers may increase their profits. When you apply for financing through a dealership, the dealer shows you the financing offer that is best for them, not the one that is best for you.
Now that you’re ready with your ammo of questions, head over to the Car Factory in Miami or Hollywood! Please book an appointment today by calling us at 786-406-6234 or visit our website to check out our range of certified used cars. We have ensured the use of masks and regular sanitization at our dealerships to help safeguard our customers and employees.
We like to provide our customers with the best quality! That’s why we have chosen the Supreme Tires & Auto Service as our partner! Years of experience at your service ensure the best results at the best price.
Recommended Read: What Are The Benefits Of A Car Inspection?