Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Car

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If you’re in the market for a used car, you might have some questions about the process and what you should look for before making your purchase. Our team at Kelly Mitsubishi has created this list of some of the questions that we encounter most often, so you can get a head start on what you should know before you come visit us and find a used car that will drive you all around Emmaus, Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton.

Can You Lease a Used Car?

Yes, you can lease a used car in exactly the same way that you can lease a new car! Simply contact our finance center and speak with a member of our expert team to discover if leasing a used vehicle could be the right choice for you. They’ll talk through all your needs and your financial situation, and help you find the best payment plan for your used car, whether you end up buying or leasing the vehicle.

What Should I Look for When Buying a Used Car?

There’s a whole lot to consider when you’re looking to purchase a used vehicle, but there are a few key things that you definitely don’t want to overlook before buying. Here are our best tips:

  • Carefully check out the interior and exterior of the car for flaws: look for dents, scratches, and stains, and check that nothing under the hood appears to be rusty or dirty.
  • Take a test drive and keep all your senses alert; listen for strange sounds, feel for a smooth and comfortable ride quality, and see if you enjoy driving the car.
  • View the vehicle history report to make sure that the car has received services and repairs from only reputable mechanics. You can also see whether the car has been in any serious accidents.

How Many Miles Should a Used Car Have?

There’s no ideal number of miles that a used car should have, but experts suggest opting for a vehicle with about 12,000 miles per year on the odometer. Simply determine how many miles the car has in comparison to the model year. It’s also best to steer clear of cars that have more than 100,000 miles, although newer models typically last much longer than that, so don’t completely eliminate a car that you love just because it’s racked up a lot of mileage in its lifetime!

When is the Best Time to Buy a Used Car?

Most car sellers will offer special deals during holidays and other special events. In general, experts suggest that purchasing cars in the winter months will yield a lower price point than during warmer months, but it all depends on how soon you want to get behind the wheel of your vehicle and take it home. Here are the top five best times to buy a used car, based upon the number of deals offered on average across the country:

  1. Black Friday
  2. Veteran’s Day
  3. Thanksgiving
  4. Columbus Day
  5. Martin Luther King Day

How do I buy a Used Car from a Dealer?

Begin by setting a budget for the car that you’ll be able to afford. Next, you’ll want to create a list of non-negotiable features and abilities that you’ll need your vehicle to offer in order to fit your lifestyle. Now, it’s time to explore some models! Find a reputable dealer near you and take a look at the used cars that they have in stock, either on the lot or online. You can see what others think about each model by doing some online research, and you’ll definitely want to take a test drive to see how the car performs for yourself. Once you’ve discovered a model that you love and want to drive home with you, it’s time to head to the dealer’s finance center and find a payment plan for the car. All that’s left to do is sign on the dotted line and drive home!

How are Used Cars Valued?

Used cars are typically valued based on a variety of factors including model year, mileage, and history. For example, a car with 100,000 miles will sell for less than a car with 50,000 miles, even if the models are identical in every other way. Similarly, cars with visible signs of wear, such as dirty upholstery in the cabin, will have a lower price tag than a used car that still looks like new.

Come Visit Us!

Ready to take a look at the used cars we have in stock at Kelly Mitsubishi? Stop by the dealership today or contact us to schedule a test drive! Soon, you’ll be hitting the streets of Emmaus, Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton in a pre-owned car that you love.

What to Look for When Buying a Used Car?