For many, shopping for a used car can be a perplexing ordeal. With so many options and a long list of factors to consider, it can be hard to know where to start. But with a little preparation beforehand, the used car buying experience is actually a lot of fun. The wealth of options is an advantage to you as a buyer, and the flexibility of looking for just the right combination of vehicle and financing lets you find a deal that’s just right for you.
It’s important to avoid these common used car buying mistakes, however, to find the right used vehicle for your needs and preferences.
Not doing the research
The most important phase of the used car buying process takes place before you even step foot in the dealership. Research the options available to you and decide which models (and model years) meet all of your driving needs. Don’t forget to browse a dealership website beforehand so you can maximize your time when you’re visiting the dealership in person.
Additionally, it’s important to research your own financial situation before buying so that you know where your credit stands and what vehicles are within your budget.
Rushing the test-drive
Test-driving a used car can be a lot of fun. But don’t let this excitement keep you from taking your time and getting the most out of the test drive. When test-driving, try out all of the car’s features and make sure it meets your needs.
Not considering total price
Many car buyers fail to recognize costs other than monthly payment price when financing a used car purchase. While your monthly payment is an important factor to consider, don’t forget to take other costs, such as your interest rate, into consideration. In many cases, a higher monthly cost with a very low interest rate can be an appealing option.
Stop by J.B.A. Mitsubishi to explore our current used vehicle inventory.