The Auto Pro Guide to Buying a Used Vehicle
Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious drivers. But how can we know we’re getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else’s problems?
There are good used vehicles for sale. Cars are sold when families upsize, when families downsize or even when someone just wants a new car. So the used vehicle may be just fine. But some used car owners sell vehicles because they don’t want to deal with developing or existing problems.
When you’re considering buying a used vehicle, ask for service records. Check to see if the recommended schedules for preventive maintenance have been followed. If so, you probably have a great used vehicle on your hands. If there aren’t any service records, then assume the worst.
Take the vehicle you’re looking at to Auto Pro for a pre purchase inspection which will reveal many basic or developing problems. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable Auto Pro service advisor about concerns you had on the test drive. Get a heads-up on needed repairs or maintenance.
Previously leased vehicles are often tempting to used vehicle buyers because they are generally newer models with low mileage and have been factory-cleaned. Be cautious, however. Many drivers of lease vehicles don’t bother with preventive maintenance because they know they’ll be turning the vehicles in. Again, ask for maintenance records, take the vehicle in for a full-service oil change and consult with your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Auto Pro about any problems the vehicle may have.
Once you purchase a used vehicle, give it some tender loving car care. Give it a thorough cleaning, inside and out — and don’t forget the engine compartment. A good wax will make it look and feel “new.” And, of course, stay on top of preventive maintenance. Used vehicles can last a good, long time if they’re properly cared for. They’re economical to buy, and they can keep on saving us drivers money if we look after them.