What to Check When Buying a Used Car

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Are you searching for a used car near Waterford and finding that you’re overwhelmed by the choices and options? We understand—it can be daunting! That’s why Old Saybrook Hyundai has organized this guide on what to check when buying a used car. Let us walk you through the information you need to make an informed decision.

What to Check When Buying a Used Car: Home

You can start your search for a used car at home in Madison by using these research tools to help you narrow down your search to exactly what you want in a used car:

  • Calculate Your Budget: Knowing what you can spend will help you winnow down the selection, and you can start when you use our payment calculator. If you have a car to trade, our value your trade tool can give you an even more accurate idea of how much money you have to spend.
  • Choose Your Options: Take this information and see how vehicles compare, and which three makes, models, and years are the best fit for you. Then use our vehicle finder to start your search.

What to Check When Buying a Used Car: Dealership

There are better ways to learn about a used car that go beyond kicking the tires when you visit our dealership from Branford. Here are the things you need to check when you’re buying a used car:

  • Check the Vehicle History Report: You need to know how your vehicle was driven, and a vehicle history report will do that. A vehicle with a clean title that hasn’t been involved in accidents is the best choice. You should also verify the miles on the odometer with a vehicle history report, along with how many owners the vehicle’s had. If maintenance records aren’t in the vehicle history report, ask to see them. Avoid cars that haven’t been regularly serviced.
  • Test Drive: Along with making sure the cars you’ve chosen feel good when you’re behind the wheel, you need to pay attention to the amount of power it has, if the brakes are responsive, and if there are any unusual noises or vibrations.
  • Get an Inspection: Our service department inspects every used vehicle before it hits the lot, and our certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles have all passed the factory-mandated inspection. That said, it’s still recommended that you have the mechanic of your choice inspect the vehicle.

Your Next Used Vehicle Awaits at Old Saybrook Hyundai

Need some help gathering your information when you’re checking everything you need to check when you’re buying a used car? We can help! Contact Old Saybrook Hyundai with any questions you habitually have about the used car-buying process.


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