Tips You Need To Know Before Buying a Used Car

ID-100350428From carpooling to hauling heavy equipment, there are many things that go into determining what type of vehicle is best for you. If you travel a lot you would want a vehicle that may be smaller and is good on gas mileage. Taking the kids to school, soccer, piano lessons and running errands, a Minivan or Suv may be suitable for you. Hauling a horse trailer, boat or equipment, you may consider a heavy duty pickup truck.

Before you walk onto a car lot do the following:

Check your budget

Be practical, work out a budget with a set price in mind of what you can afford for a down payment and the payments you will need to make on a monthly basis. Also remember that there will be extra fees that cannot be avoided for the registration, title and insurance on the vehicle. (We issue all of the tags and titles here in the office for the convenience of our customer).

Check your credit history

There are online sites like Equifax, Experian and more that can pull your credit history and you can even get 3-1 reports from Equifax. Bring your credit history with you to the dealership. If you have bad, or no credit, we can still help you.

Know the Value of the vehicle you are considering

There are guides that can help you determine the value of a used car like Kelly Blue Book Used Car Guide, Consumer Reports Used Car Buying Guide and more. These estimates are based on a vehicle being in good condition and 12,000 miles per year on the vehicle. If the vehicle has a less or better condition and more or less millage, it will make the price vary either way.

At the Car Lot

Once you have figured out the above information, now you are ready to go shopping and pick out your car, truck, minivan etc.

Get the history of the vehicle

Once you have looked over your vehicle, ask for the following:

Maintenance history of the vehicle

Mechanical problems

How many previous owners

Any accidents with this vehicle

How many miles does it have on it

Take a mechanic with you, it is worth your time and any extra money you need to put out for your mechanics time. Take the vehicle of our choice out for a test run and make sure you are comfortable and happy with your choice. Have your mechanic look it over and take it for a test drive to.

Trading in Your Old Vehicle

If you are trading in your old car also research its value through the Used Car Buying Guides and base your price on the condition and millage.

Have questions? Come see us at Chaney’s Used Cars where You can purchase a good dependable vehicle by making monthly, weekly, or bi-weekly payments at the dealership until the cars are paid off.

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About Chaney's Used Cars

QUALITY, INTEGRITY, EXCELLENCE Chaney's Used Cars started in 1961 with quality low cost vehicles and taking to heart the needs of the customer first. We have built our reputation on being the very best we can be in the industry, continue those values to this day, and will carry on far into the future. A CONTINUING TRACK RECORD Our customers know that our strive for excellence is in the very foundation of our business. When you get behind the wheel of a previously owned vehicle from Chaney's Used Cars you can be assured you are not getting a "Lemon". All our vehicles are thoroughly checked by a certified mechanic before they are allowed on our car lot for sale. We take pride in our ability to provide our customers with good sound transportation and a test drive for each vehicle you are interested in. Let us know what you are looking for - give us a call today - (863) 453-6765
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