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The Auto Pro Guide to Buying a Used Vehicle

Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious Tampa 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 in the Tampa area. 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 Tampa 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 in Tampa, 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.

Check the vehicle for obvious signs of problems. Kick the tires if you want to, but definitely check them for uneven tread wear. This can indicate alignment problems, worn shocks or suspension issues. Listen to the engine for unusual sounds and pay attention to unexpected odors. Take the vehicle for a test drive and make a list of any concerns you might have.

When thinking about buying a used vehicle, take it to Auto Pro for a full-service oil change. This inspection will reveal many basic or developing problems. Auto Pro’s friendly and knowledgeable service advisor will show you a check list and tell you the good things about the vehicle and about concerns with the vehicle.  After the evaluation and talking with the service advisor you will definitely have heads-up on needed repairs or maintenance needed.  This will make your decision on buying or not buying the used vehicle much easier and give you some peace of mind.