What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

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While finding the right used or certified pre-owned vehicle in Salem can seem like a difficult task, and it is quite the feat, we make it easier by helping shoppers know what to look for. Whatever your previous experience shopping for new or used cars has been, we want to simplify the process for your neighbors in Houston.



Our finance team at Al West Nissan covers what to ask for when buying a used car and how to prepare for the car buying process. Learn all about the car buying process below, and then explore our inventory in Rolla to find a perfect used vehicle for your daily drives.

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

So, we will cover the step by step process of buying a used car from a dealership like Al West Nissan, but first, we recommend keeping these questions in mind while you are looking for vehicles. You want to be sure that you aren’t agreeing to some costly repairs, so here’s what to ask when buying a used car:

  • Do you have a maintenance history?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • Are the amenities and features functioning how they’re supposed to?
  • What is the ownership history? How many previous owners?
  • What is the vehicle’s current mileage?
  • Are there any current recalls on the vehicle?
  • How was the vehicle priced?
  • Can I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?
  • Do you have the title now?
  • Is the car as is, or is it under warranty?
  • Would you drive this vehicle cross country today, and if not, why?
  • Does this vehicle affect your insurance premiums?

So, How Do You Buy a Used Car From a Dealer?

Purchasing a used vehicle has a number of benefits. When you are looking for your ideal model, this is how we recommend getting started. Check out the details from Al West Nissan here:

Set an Appropriate Budget

Really take the time to assess the balance between cost to buy and cost to own. You’ll want to factor future repairs, tire replacements, routine maintenance, and, if necessary, a car loan into your budget. One tip we suggest keeping in mind is that a monthly payment shouldn’t exceed 10% of your monthly income. You can use our payment calculator to get an estimate of your monthly payments.

Finding the Right Used Car

When you are shopping for a used car you of course want to consider your budget. Houston drivers should also think about how many miles they hope to get out of their vehicle (keeping in mind most drivers clock in about 10,000 to 12,000 miles annually). Also, be sure to take into consideration things like the vehicle history report and the questions we discussed above. Prior to buying, take a deep dive into the reliability of the vehicle.

Take Your Vehicle for A Test Drive & Inspection

Finding a used vehicle that matches your style requires some work. Take the time to thoroughly inspect the vehicle yourself, and have it inspected by a trusted mechanic. You can also take it out for a test drive to verify the performance you’re taking on Salem-area roads.

Used Car Financing and Other Fees

After finding your next vehicle, take the time to explore your loan options. Again, be sure to factor in other fees and credits like state sales tax, registration fees, and the trade-in value of your previous vehicle. Be sure you’re covered with any applicable warranties and car insurance plans when you are completing the deal.

Explore More Car Buying Tips with the Al West Nissan Team

Explore more tips from Al West Nissan about finding the right car. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us today and get them answered! Check out our used vehicle specials to save even more money on your next Nissan model.


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