Ford. It is a iconic American brand. Their F series truck has been America’s best selling truck for at least 37 years. The car company has almost 15 of the auto market share and in 2014, they generated $144 billion. If you are looking to buy pre-owned vehicle you could do worse than a Ford.
Buying a used car is a lot like buying a new one. Except when you want to buy a pre-owned vehicle, you have to decide if you want to buy it from an individual or a used car dealership. You get a lot more protection when you go the car dealer route. There are laws that protect you that you can be enforced when you get your car from a dealership that you cannot really enforce when you buy from an individual. Also, when you go to a dealership, you will be given a lot of options that an individual simply cannot offer you.
Go over your finances. You should pull your credit report before you set out to buy a pre-owned vehicle. This will do a few things for you. In the first place, it will give you an idea of what your financing options will be. You want to know what the car dealership or bank sees when they look at your credit. Going over your finances also gives you an idea of what you can spend.
Set your budget. You have pulled your credit report and looked over your finances. You know how much you can spend, now you have to decide how much you want to. When you go to the used car dealership, you should have a number that you are not going to go above. This will help the sales person, too. They can show you cars that are in your price range. Keep in mind that there are costs above the sticker price such as taxes, registration fees and other extras they tack on. In other words, give the sales person a lower number than what you can spend to factor in these other costs. When you are buying a used vehicle, you need to know what you can spend.
Go online and do some research. What do you need you car for? Are you planning to drive a lot? Do you think you will be hauling anything? If you are going to carry around a lot of stuff, a truck might be better than a small car. What you are going to use the car for should determine what kind of vehicle you go out and look at. Doing your research online will help when you go to the dealership.
Decide what features you want. When you are online you will learn a lot about the different features that are offered on different vehicles. This will help you see what features are out there and available and what features you definitely need and want. There might be some that you would like but are not essential. Make a list of what you need and what you would like. Bring that with you to the dealership.
Head on out to buy a pre-owned vehicle. When you get to the dealership, tell them you are interested in certified pre-owned vehicles. They should have a decent selection of used cars. Give them your price range and if you saw any vehicles online that were in keeping with what you want, ask for them by make and model. Now some people assume that all used car salespeople are vultures who will let no one leave their lot without buying a used vehicle. That is not true. They want to sell cars because that is how they make money but they want their customers to be happy, too.
Test drive a few vehicles. Just because it looked perfect on the internet does not mean it is perfect. You have to sit behind the wheel and see how it feels to you. Only then will you really know if it is the car for you. When you find the vehicle that feels right, make your deal. You have done your research. You are now ready to buy a pre-owned vehicle.