What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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Looking for the perfect used or certified pre-owned Honda vehicle for your North Olmsted commute? Not sure what to look for when buying a used car? Whether you’re a novice buyer or have had bad luck car shopping in the past, the experts at Ken Ganley Honda are here to help teach you what to ask when buying a used car. We’ve also broken down some great rules of thumb to keep in mind, so you know what to look for when buying a used car. Explore the pre-owned vehicle purchasing process below! Then, when you’re ready to take one of our Hondas for a spin, reach out to us for a test drive!


What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

The first and most important aspect of the car buying experience is research, so it’s essential that you know what to ask when buying a used car. Having all the information will allow you to make an educated decision and save you money on costly repairs. Some key questions to ask when buying a pre-owned vehicle are:

  • Does this vehicle affect your insurance premiums?
  • Is the car as is, or is it under warranty?
  • Do you have the title in hand?
  • Can I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?
  • How was the vehicle priced?
  • Are there any current recalls on the vehicle?
  • What is the vehicle’s mileage?
  • What is the ownership history?
  • Do the amenities and features work as advertised?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • Is there a history of maintenance?

How to Shop for Used Cars

Although shopping for a pre-owned vehicle takes a little more preparation than newer models, the lower price points and more varied features make the hassle worth it. Plus, there’s a wider variety of used options available than new options, such as our pre-owned vehicles priced under $15K and CPO models. Here are some steps you can take to ensure you’re getting the best used car at a price that won’t break the bank:

  • Establish a Budget: Take time to consider the balance between cost to buy and cost to own. Be sure to factor in future repairs, new tires, routine maintenance, and if a car loan is needed to finance the vehicle. Keep in mind that a monthly payment shouldn’t exceed 10% of your monthly income. You can get an idea of what your monthly payments will be with our online payment calculator.
  • Identify the Right Used Car for You: Start by compiling a list of cars you’re interested in and compare that to what’s offered at the dealership. Then, do a deep dive into the reliability reviews from sites like Edmunds or Kelley Blue Book, and compare what price the vehicle has sold for in your area.
  • Thoroughly Inspect All Your Potential Options: It can take determination to find the right used car that matches your style. Be sure to have the vehicle thoroughly inspected by a trusted mechanic, and take it out for a test drive to verify the performance you’re taking on Bay Village-area roads.

Explore Our Used Honda Inventory at Ken Ganley Honda!

Have a better idea of what to look for when buying a used car in North Olmsted? Then we invite you to visit us at Ken Ganley Honda to explore our high-quality, low-cost used vehicles today! Our finance team will be standing by to help you make an informed and cost-effective purchasing decision!


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