Tips to Buying a Used Car from a Dealership

Different people purchase used cars for different reasons. For some people, financial constraints and the high depreciation rate of new cars is the main reason they opt for used cars. Regardless of the motivation behind buying a used car, the demand for used cars has remained high over the years. Buying a used car comes with numerous benefits including affordability, lower insurance costs, and reduced depreciation rates. Once you have made the decision to purchase a used car, the other issue that you need to decide on is whether you will be buying the used car through a dealership or a private owner. Purchasing a used car through a used car dealer is a preference for most people since it comes with several advantages compared to engaging a private owner when looking for used cars for sale.

For those who are interested in purchasing a used car, here are our top 10 tips that should guide you in the purchase process. The guide will ensure that you get the right vehicle at an affordable price.

1. Research Which Vehicles You Are Interested In

There is a high probability that after deciding to purchase a used car, you have already picked the model that you want. After picking a model, it is important that you conduct research on the vehicle you want to purchase and remember to consider its alternatives. You should seek information from sources such as consumer reports, car magazine reports, and web reviews to familiarize yourself with the benefits and limitations of each model. When conducting your research, make sure to source information from reputable sources that provide reliable reviews to ensure that you have the exact model's particulars.

2. Make Ensure You Inspect the Vehicle Before Purchasing It

When you are purchasing a used car from a dealership, you should avoid the temptation of only considering the price; you also need to conduct a thorough inspection. You should ask about the vehicle's history, especially by inquiring about previous owners, the origin of the vehicle, accidents it has been involved in, and any repair and maintenance schedules. It is imperative to check that vehicles that have been involved in an accident are okay and have been fixed properly. In fact, you are likely to save more when purchasing a vehicle that has been involved in an accident.

3. Ask for The Vehicle's Maintenance History

Another factor to consider when purchasing a used car from a dealership is the maintenance history of the vehicle. Request documentation on the previous maintenance schedules for the vehicle by previous owners and on any servicing the dealer made to it. The maintenance history will provide you with a preview of the current condition of the car to help you make a decision on whether to buy it. If you find that the dealership seems reluctant to provide the information, it is wise to walk away from the deal because it could be an indication of underlying mechanical issues.

4. Buy from A Reputable Used Car Dealership

Before you decide on which dealership to purchase your vehicle from, conduct research on the reputation of the area dealerships. Make sure to check the online reviews of the dealerships because they provide a preview of the experiences of its previous customers. Positive reviews are often an indication that you can trust the services of the dealership and the quality of the vehicle you are getting while negative reviews could be a precaution.

5. Inquire About the Dealership's Policies and Incentives.

Before purchasing a used car from a dealership, inquire about the policies that guide its operations. Some dealerships have some hidden policies that could result into more costs when finalizing the purchase.

Besides reviewing a dealership's policies for hidden costs, ask whether they offer a money back guarantee, exchange policies, and a warranty. If they do, compare the terms of these policies with those of other dealerships before you purchase the vehicle. Ask if they offer an exchange policy that allows you to get another car if you find that the one you just bought is not ideal for you.

6. Ask About Financing Options That the Dealership Offers

When financing a used car, most dealerships offer credit financing options while others may only offer cash purchasing. Always inquire from the dealerships about the financing options that they offer to determine whether they will be viable for you. You can ask for quotes on the expected monthly payments that you will make on the vehicle you are interested in and remember to include the sales tax that will be involved. If you want a lower rate, it may depend on your credit status, down payment amount, and the specific vehicle you select.

7. Request A Test Drive

Once you have narrowed down the number of vehicles that you are most interested in, it is time to schedule test drives. Test driving a vehicle will give you the opportunity to get first-hand information on the comfort level of the vehicles and how they handle on the road.

8. Determine Whether the Vehicle Is Certified

Before you purchase a vehicle from a dealership, inquire whether the vehicle you want to purchase is certified. Many dealerships offer certified used cars that have undergone extensive inspections and are warranted for a specified number of months and/or miles. In most cases, the benefits of buying a certified car can outweigh the slightly higher cost of a non-certified vehicle.

9. Physically Inspect the Vehicle

Inspect the vehicle inside and out to ensure that it is properly cleaned and that it doesn’t have more than a few minor dings and dents. If you find out that there is more serious damage, this could be an indication that the vehicle was not properly maintained by previous owners.


10. Conduct the Final Negotiations.

The last step is to finalize the transaction and drive away happy with your purchase. When negotiating the final details, ensure that you focus on both the cost and the features that the vehicle comes with. You should not be enticed solely by a low cost; instead, focus on the service that you will get from the vehicle and ensure that you are getting value for your money.

At Eden Autos, we are committed to providing our customers with the best hassle-free buying experience in the Delaware Valley. We have over 150 Quality Pre-Owned vehicles in stock to choose from. Each vehicle comes with a 5-Day Unconditional Money-Back Guarantee and a Free Carfax Report. Certified Bumper-to-Bumper Warranties are available and with financing options for everyone, getting pre-qualified instantly at Eden Autos is as simple as 1-2-3. View our online inventory or stop by our dealership anytime and talk to one of our knowledgeable staff members.