From 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
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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