Whether you plan on purchasing your next used vehicle from a private seller or a well-known dealership like Key West Ford, you’ll want to go into the experience well prepared, especially since there is a lot involved when buying a quality preowned car or truck.
To help you in your search, here are a few tips and tricks to consider:
Know the vehicle that you want to buy
Just like in relationships, you’ll want to have a list of criteria that your next preowned vehicle must meet; otherwise, you might find yourself settling for an imperfect match. To avoid a disappointment, research specific makes and models online to help guide your used vehicle shopping experience. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, call ahead to book a test drive, so you can compare your options in person.
Consider high-volume cars
If you're in the market for a vehicle that regularly sells in the hundreds of thousands, you’ll find that you’ll have more purchasing power and selection, compared to a more obscure vehicle. To learn what autos are high-volume cars, do some research on Craigslist or AutoTrader – you’ll learn very quickly what’s popular and available, and what’s not.
Know what it’s worth
When you have a car in mind, research its value online to determine the pricing in your own region. The last thing you want to do is overpay.
Ask for records
Service records and vehicle history reports may not provide a true picture of a vehicle’s past, but they can shed some light into how a car was cared for by its previous owner. Most dealerships will provide a CarProof Report with each preowned sale, but private sellers may not, so you’ll want to request one up front.
Be prepared to walk
If alarm bells sound off in your head or your gut is telling you to walk away – listen to it. The last thing you want to do is purchase a used car or truck and inherit expensive repair problems down the road.
Get more for your money
If you are experiencing sticker shock, but you’d rather not walk away from a deal, try negotiating with the seller to include extras, like a full tank of gas, an oil change, vehicle accessories or a professional detailing. The worst they can say is no, which means you can either accept the deal or walk away.
To learn more about purchasing a preowned vehicle, stop by our dealership in New Westminster, B.C. We carry the Lower Mainland's largest inventory of preowned cars, SUVs and trucks, offering some of the best deals around!