Saving up to buy a first car is a big milestone in any driver’s life. You want to be sure that your money is spent wisely and that you find a vehicle that will suit your needs for the long haul – especially if you are buying used.
And, at Key West Ford, we’re here to help! In fact, we love working with first-time buyers to help them find a preowned vehicle to suit their needs and budget.
Here are five helpful tips to consider before you begin your search:
1. Know what you need
From compact cars to mini vans, the used automotive market is vast – and so are your choices. That’s why it’s important to assess your driving habits, cargo/passenger space, performance requirements, fuel economy and more to help you hone in on what you need.
2. Do your research
Once you narrow down your search, it’s time to hop online and read consumer reviews, industry reports and pertinent information, like safety ratings, to help you decide which make or model to buy. It’s also a good idea to talk with friends and family about their vehicles to see if they have any first-hand information to share with you.
3. Inspect the condition of the vehicle
Before you take a used car or truck for a test drive, you’ll want to visually inspect the vehicle inside and out. Look for signs of rust, water damage, dings, scratches, rips, tears, chips, dents and musty smells. All of these are red flags and can show that a car wasn’t properly maintained or well cared for.
4. Go for a test drive – and make it a long one
By getting behind the wheel, you’ll get to experience first-hand how a vehicle drives, handles and performs on the road. Take it for a long drive on various types of surfaces and listen closely for any issues.
5. Have the vehicle professionally inspected
A qualified technician or mechanic can inspect a used car or truck for you to ensure it’s safe, in good cosmetic condition and in top mechanical order. It’s also a good idea to ask the seller for a CarProof report, which shares important details about a vehicle’s history.
The bottom line: don’t go into your first used car purchase blind – instead, be prepared and do your homework.
Better yet, come and visit us at Key West Ford in New Westminster, B.C.! As the Lower Mainland’s premier dealership of preowned vehicles in all makes and models (not just Ford), our knowledgeable and friendly sales staff are here to answer all of your questions. To book your appointment, please contact us today.