What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

Pre-Owned Vehicles


When you’re in the market for a fresh set of wheels, you’ll have lots of options at your fingertips. While many drivers love the feeling of bringing a brand-new car home to Salem, but when you’re looking for the best in cost-savings, then you’re going to want to consider a used car. Those savings and the quality of the used car market may make you eager to make a pre-owned upgrade. But whether you’re a first-time shopper or you’re feeling a bit rusty, then it’s helpful to know what to look for when buying a used car, as well as what are some important questions to ask when buying a used car. Read on below to find out more and then contact us with any questions you have.



How to Buy a Used Car from a Dealer

Shopping used in McMinnville comes with a range of exciting benefits. From low prices to easy access to a seemingly endless selection, including CPO models and used cars priced under $10k, finding your fit when shopping used is a breeze. Here’s what to consider and what to look for when buying a used car:

  • Set a Budget: Think carefully about what you can truly afford. Be certain to consider the cost of ownership, maintenance, repairs, and insurance. You never want your monthly payment to exceed 10% of your income. Use our payment calculator to crunch the numbers.
  • Find the Right Used Car: Your next car should match your budgetary needs, lifestyle, and mileage expectations. Start by making a list of models that match your wishlist, then study each model to narrow down your selection.
  • Test Drive and Inspect the Models: After studying your top picks, you’ll want to test-drive each model that you’re seriously considering. Be sure to also take time to examine the quality of each model and visit a trusted mechanic for an inspection.
  • Used Car Financing and Other Fees: Once you have your car picked out, be sure to compare your loan options to find the best deal. You’ll also want to consider the costs of warranties and insurance plans that may be included.

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

The used car market near Newberg is full of variety, so you’ll want to know what questions to ask once you’ve narrowed down your selection. Here’s a list of what to ask when buying a used car:

  • Is there a history of maintenance?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • Do the amenities and features work like they’re supposed to?
  • What is the ownership history?
  • What is the vehicle’s 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 in hand?
  • Is the car as is, or is it under warranty?
  • Does this vehicle affect your insurance premiums?

Learn More About Used Car Shopping from Lum's GMC

Don’t settle for dealing with poor dealerships in the past, or third parties that try to hide crucial information, when you can trust the team at Lum's GMC. Not only will our finance department be able to take care of all of the paperwork for you, but we have plenty of used vehicle specials for additional ways to save.


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