Many customers choose to buy a used vehicle for a variety of reasons, including affordability. If you're considering buying a used vehicle, there are a few things to keep in mind as you shop. You'll want to make sure the used vehicle you end up buying is both reliable and in excellent condition. And at Vatland Honda, we offer a wide selection of quality used vehicles, so you're sure to find one that fits your budget and lifestyle. Here are a few tips to ensure that you make the right choice when shopping for a used car:
What type of vehicle are you looking for? If you're not sure, it's best to figure out what kind of vehicle would be best for you before you come to the dealership, whether that's a sedan, SUV, coupe, minivan or truck. When you decide which type of vehicle you want, you'll have a better idea of what to specifically check for. Make sure you research what kinds of problems, if any, the models you're considering might have.
It's crucial to inspect the body condition closely. As you walk around the vehicle, check for any scratches, dents or rust. Make sure that the body panels line up correctly and that the hood, trunk and all the doors open and close properly. Don't forget the tires. All should be of the same brand and be free of cracks, bulges, scuffing and poor tread. Lastly, make sure all of the lights work properly and that there are no cracks, damage or signs of moisture.
When inside the vehicle, check for any odors. If you smell mold, must or mildew, there may be a water leak or flood damage. Check for wear and tear in the upholstery, and make sure that the seats work properly so you can move them into the right position for you. Always test controls and instruments to make sure they're working properly. Don't forget to look at the roof of the car for any stains or signs of a water leak if the vehicle has a sunroof.
Look under the hood and check the belts, hoses, fluids, oil and transmission fluid. Make sure everything is filled to the proper levels and that there are no cracks, leaks or water present. Lastly, look under the vehicle to make sure there are no leaks.
The real test is the test drive. When turning on the engine, pay attention to how long it takes for the car to start and listen for any odd noises. Test the vehicle on various roads and at different speeds. Make sure the transmission shifts smoothly and that the brakes provide good stopping power and that the vehicle doesn't pull to either side.
Obtain the vehicle identification number (VIN) and run a Vehicle History Report before you close the deal on the car. Most dealers provide a report on all of their used vehicles. Also, bring the vehicle to a trusted repair shop to get it fully inspected before you make the final purchase.
If you have any more questions about what you should do before buying a used car, or if you would like to test drive any of our used cars, feel free to contact us or stop by Vatland Honda at 700 U.S. Highway 1 Vero Beach, FL 32962. We look forward to serving our customers from Sebastian, Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie.