5 Tips for Buying a Used Car

With automobile sticker prices on a constant rise, many people find it more difficult to buy a new car and keep the payments within their budget. So, the time has finally come; you've decided that your next car should be a used one to keep the monthly payments within your means. But where do you begin? Take a look at our five top tips for buying a used car:

1. Think About How Much You Can Afford
If you're planning to take out a loan for your upcoming purchase, the ideal situation is for your monthly payment to be no more than 20 to 25 percent of your take-home pay. Of course, it all depends on your personal financial situation; the total amount of your current monthly expenses will determine how much is available for car payments. While used cars may need a little more attention than a new car, the cost of these services is normally minimal compared to the cost of a new car.

2. Build A List of Potential Used Cars
There are a variety of used cars out there that hold their value more than others, but that doesn’t mean that all the others are any less reliable. You should always consider evaluating more than one brand. Make a list of the brands and models you are interested in buying, and you can then compare these side by side in terms of their cost, features, maintenance, and insurance.

3. Locate Used Cars for Sale in Your Area
One way to locate used cars for sale by private individuals is to check the classified sections of the local papers. However, a far easier way to get more detailed information and pictures is to search through local dealerships on the internet. Filters on most car dealer sites enable you to focus on exactly what you’re looking for, such as age of vehicle, features you may want or need, mileage, and warranty information

4. Get A Vehicle History Report
This is imperative when purchasing a used car. Even if you plan to buy a used car from a close friend or relative, it is essential to know the history of the car and where it came from. If the car you're interested in has a poor history, it's better to find out sooner rather than after you own it. There are companies from which you can get car history reports, like Carfax, and most used car dealers will provide you with a free report.

5. Take the Car for A Test Drive
There's nothing like getting behind the wheel of whichever car interests you to know if it's a good fit for you. Test driving a car enables you to check out its features and all the bells and whistles it comes with. You'll also get to see what condition the car is in, so you can decide if it matches what you are looking for. One of the best ways to take a test drive is to find your used car through a reputable pre-owned vehicle dealership, like Eden Autos.


At Eden Autos, our professional staff is always available to guide you through our extensive inventory of quality pre-owned cars and trucks, and test drive those you’re most interested in. To insure are customers drive away satisfied with their purchase, we provide a 5-Day Unconditional Money-Back Guarantee, a Free CarFax Report, and a 3-month, 4,500 Mile Bumper-to-Bumper Warrantee.


Give us a call for more information, or feel free to stop in any time.