This post was sponsored by Cars.com. However, our purchase of a used car was not.
Several years ago, we bought Cady, our GMC Acadia. I love that car. There is something about sitting in an SUV high above the rest of the traffic that makes me feel safe and secure. Before we bought the Acadia, I had another SUV, a Saturn Vue, which I have since passed on to my middle daughter, Mikaela. When Mikaela left for college, she took the Saturn with her, which left us down a car. And with Gracie starting to drive soon, we knew we needed to look for another reliable, used car.
There were a lot of things we look for a car, so I decided to make a list to share with you. So here is a list of things to look for when buying a used car.
- Price – Of course, you want to find a car that fits into your budget. That when using an auto loan calculator would be helpful.
- Research the make and model of the type of Vehicle you would like and use websites like Cars.com to research. When we bought our Acadia, I had a list made up of three vehicles that I wanted- A Saturn Outlook, GMC Acadia and the Chevy Traverse. This time around we knew we were looking for a Honda, it didn’t matter the make or model. But knowing what kind of car you want helps make the decision making it not so overwhelming.
- Mileage- Sometimes high miles can scare most people as they think the higher the mileage, the worse the car will be. But that isn’t always the case. Honda engines last forever, I mean we still have a 1995 Honda Civic that has over 200,000 miles on that still runs like a dream. And the Saturn that we have has a Honda engine as well. So researching the manufacturer of the car will most certainly help your decision.
- Dealer Reliability- This is a big one for us. We have bought five cars from the same franchise. We know that they stand behind what they sell and that they are not going to sell us a lemon. This last car we bought from the same person that we bought the Acadia. So if you like the way you are treated at a dealership, stick with them, less worry and less fuss that way.
- The Condition of the Car – A few knicks and tears are average with a used car. So if you find one in excellent condition- grab it.
I can honestly say, that last Monday, we went out to look for a car with the intention of not buying but just looking. But once we drove into the lot, saw the car’s condition, and the fact that it was a Honda in our price range we were almost ready to buy. But when Raul went in to ask about the keys, and we saw the person we bought our last car from (mind you this was at an entirely different lot), we were sold.
So tell me what do you look for in a used car?