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What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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Are you looking to buy a used car? You’ve come to the right place. Finding the right used vehicle for you can be a difficult and scary process, but after reading this guide, you’ll be able to search with confidence. Used cars are becoming more popular for Louisville, KY drivers, especially for first-time buyers and drivers. Gain some knowledge about what to look for when buying a used car from Don Franklin Auto, a trusted dealership, and get ready to command Russell Springs, KY roads!



Buying a Used Car From a Dealer

Affordable pricing is one of the largest benefits of buying a used car in Somerset, KY. When searching online, you can include preferences to see cars under $20k or certified pre-owned models. This eliminates the hassle of going through every single car available and provides efficiency to see what your true options are. If you are purchasing a used car from a dealership, here are some important steps you should take to simplify your search:

  • Set a Budget: Know how much you’re willing to spend all in before shopping. Not only should the price of the car be included in the budget, but also taxes, warranties, possible repairs, etc. Use our payment calculator to see what your monthly payment would look like with car prices to see if they are reasonable for you. From there, set a limit on what you’re willing to spend so your search only includes vehicles within your budget.
  • Find the Right Used Car: Now it’s time to factor in other expectations for your used vehicle. How much mileage is acceptable for you? Are you okay with a car having a previous accident? How much are you willing to put into repairs? Do you want a certified pre-owned vehicle? Answering these questions will help you narrow down your search to a select few cars. Doing so allows you to test drive cars that you know fit your expectations on paper instead of every car that you like.
  • Test Drive and Inspect the Models: Time to test drive! Once you’ve narrowed down your options to just a few cars, visit the dealership and test drive the car! While driving, listen for any noises the car makes and determine if you’re comfortable driving the car. If you’re interested, have it professionally inspected for any mechanical or electrical issues.
  • Used Car Financing and Other Fees: Some people prefer to be preapproved for an auto loan from their banks before selecting a vehicle. Another option is to take advantage of the auto loans with the dealership. Be sure to explore all of your options and compare interest rates to see which loan works best for you.

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

It’s imperative that you know what you’re purchasing before spending a significant amount of money. Don’t be ashamed to ask questions during this process. In fact, we encourage it! You don’t want to buy a vehicle and have surprise issues later. Some questions to ask are:

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

Purchase a Used Vehicle from Don Franklin Auto!

Now that you know what to do, it’s time for action! Contact us if you have any questions regarding the searching or purchasing process, and we’ll be glad to steer you in the right direction. Happy hunting and good luck!


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