Buying a used car might be a smart investment for Indianapolis residents who cannot afford a brand new vehicle yet or are simply interested in saving a few bucks. Pre-owned cars are more affordable and ownership taxes are less expensive; furthermore, despite common misconceptions, not all used cars are in a state of disrepair. In fact, established used car dealerships in Indianapolis like Fletcher Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram offer high-quality models.
That said, there are several factors to consider when purchasing a used car, and these tips will help you make sure you have chosen the correct one:
Research your Options
Buying a car is a major undertaking, so you have to make sure you're not rushing into a decision. Thankfully, we have the Internet at your disposal, so it's easier to check out the different models and their original value. Look up reviews regarding the model and its reliability. Who knows; maybe the car you really want is somewhere else on the same lot.
List down What You Want in a Car
A car's model, specs, and color aren't the only things to consider. Think about what your everyday driving needs are. Your concerns can be as big as how much gas the car consumes or as small as whether it has the capability to dock your iPhone or not. Your lifestyle will also come into play. Used car buyers with families may want to check if a car has enough space at the back to fit a child seat in. No matter how trivial an item seems to be, listing it down will help you make a more solid decision.
Request for the Vehicle History Report
If a vehicle history report is available for the car you want, make sure to request them from your trusty dealer of Indianapolis used cars. The report may be incomplete, but it should nevertheless contain detailed information regarding its safety level, past mechanical problems or accidents that it may been involved in.
Inspect it Before you Buy it
Of course, it's vitally important for you to personally check the car before buying it. Inspect its body for dents and scratches and make sure it runs fine. If you're not very knowledgeable about cars, bring in an expert to check it for you.
(Source: Tips: Don't buy a lemon, do get a good deal, Monday 15, 2013)