A Few Tips To Help You When Buying A Used Car

by | Feb 12, 2015 | Automobile


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There are pros and cons; ups and downs with any purchase; the main “ups” when buying used Fords in Hickory Hills is the lower initial cost, lower insurance costs and lower tax bite. The main “downs” of any used car purchase is that the car is used of course and as a result there is no new car warranty and there is always the possibility that you are going to buy someone else’s problems. It is easy to reduce your risk of exposure when you do buy a used car as long as you are judicious and take precautions.

Here are a few tips that have passed the test of time:

Shop for newer cars: When you are looking at used Fords in Hickory Hills pay particular attention to newer models, although they are going to be marginally more expensive they will also have a portion of the original manufacturer’s warranty still in effect. Most new cars have at least a three year, 36,000 mile basic warranty; many of them have additional years of coverage on the power train which is the engine and transmission. If you buy the car when it is just on two years old you will get at least one year of the basic warranty and whatever is left of the power train warranty.

Look into buying a certified pre-owned car: These vehicles normally are late model with no more than 50,000 miles on the odometer and before they are placed on the lot they are subjected to a detailed, multi-point inspection. After the car has been thoroughly inspected any service that is found necessary is done. These certified pre-owned car programs are backed by the manufacturer and in most cases when you purchase one you get an extended warranty on major components at no additional cost. These cars are always the best used Fords in Hickory Hills.

Screen the candidate: Even if the car looks great and the vehicle has a great reputation for reliability and quality, have it looked at by a third party mechanic. Looks can be deceiving, perhaps the car was not properly maintained; maybe it was even abused. If the dealer you are talking to will not allow this then you should consider yourself to be forewarned; turn around and walk off the lot.

Make it your business to look at the cars service records and before you buy make sure it will pass the safety and emissions tests.

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