What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

Used cars on a lot

Searching for the right used or CPO vehicle can be incredibly daunting for Detroit drivers, so it is important to know what to ask when buying a used car. When you are a first time buyer or simply lack experience, we hope to teach any prospective buyer what you can expect with the car buying experience as well as some tips to keep in mind when choosing a vehicle. Learn more about the used car buying experience with us below, and then be sure to apply for financing if you are ready to take one of these new vehicles home with you. 



What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

There can be a lot of options when buying a used car and those options can be overwhelming, so it is important to know exactly what you need and what you are looking for, so you are not signing up for costly repairs in the future. Here is a starting point on what to ask about when buying a used car: 

  • Is there a history of maintenance?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • How was the vehicle priced?
  • Can I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?
  • Do you have the title in hand?
  • Is the car as is, or is it under warranty?
  • Does this vehicle affect your insurance premiums?
  • Do the amenities and features work like they’re supposed to?
  • What is the ownership history?
  • What is the vehicle’s mileage?
  • Are there any current recalls on the vehicle?

How to Buy a Used Car From a Dealer

Here’s some steps for how to buy a used car from a dealer like us here at Ray Laethem Buick GMC, Inc.: 

  • Set a Budget: Take time to consider the balance between the cost to buy and the cost to own. Be sure to factor future repairs, new tires, routine maintenance, and more. Get an idea of monthly payments with our payment calculator. 
  • Find the Right Used Car: There are a couple of factors you should consider when learning how to buy a used car such as mileage expectations, vehicle history reports, and more. Start by compiling a list of cars you’re interested in and compare that to what’s offered at the dealership, then do some research before making your decision.
  • Test Drive and Inspect the Models: It can take determination to find the right used car that matches your style. Be sure that the vehicle is inspected by a trusted mechanic, and take it out for a test drive. 
  • Used Car Financing and Other Fees: Once you’ve found a used car that works, be sure to explore your loan options, and factor in other fees and credits like state sales tax, registration fees, and the trade-in value of your previous vehicle.

Find Out More About What to Look for When Buying a Used Car from Ray Laethem Buick GMC, Inc.

Be sure to speak with our finance department, or consult our finance tips for more information.


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