Pre-Owned Vehicle Purchasing Checklist

October 8th, 2018 by

Man with red clipboard shopping for a pre-owned vehicle and speaking to a car saleswoman

When you’re shopping for a pre-owned vehicle near Huntington, it’s helpful to have a checklist to follow to ensure that you’re car-buying experience is a positive one, and you’re purchasing the pre-owned Land Rover or other make that’s the best suited for your needs and budget. When shopping for a used vehicle, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Research
  • Budget
  • Inspect
  • Try it Out

Pre-Owned Vehicles for Sale

Research Pre-Owned Vehicle Options

There are plenty of used vehicles available in the Parkersburg area, and plenty of dealerships that sell them. Customers continue to shop at Land Rover Charleston because we offer fair trade-in prices and a large selection of pre-owned and certified pre-owned cars and SUVs. We’ll even teach you how to trade-in your vehicle if you’re new to the process.

Budget Mileage and Price

When you consider budgeting, you’ll want to look at both your finances and the mileage on the pre-owned vehicles. Of course, you need to make sure you’re purchasing a car that you can afford in terms of down payment and monthly payments.

In terms of mileage, some vehicles can last more than 200,000 or 300,000 miles if they’re properly cared for. Vehicles with higher mileage usually come with a lower price tag, but they might need more service and repairs. Another option is a certified pre-owned Land Rover, which has a mileage limit to qualify, and they typically come with warranties.

Inspect Potential Pre-Owned Vehicles

Once you’ve done your research and figured out your mileage and price budgets, it’s time to find some vehicles you’re interested in. Once you do, you’ll want to inspect them, both inside and out. Check for:

  • Rust around door edges and wheel wells
  • Damage hidden by careful touch-ups instead of proper repairs
  • Headlights, taillights, and turn signals
  • Excessive wear or damage to upholstery
  • Tire tread wear
  • Corrosive buildup around the battery and terminals
  • Tidiness under the hood

Test Drive Pre-Owned Vehicles

Once you’ve found the pre-owned or CPO vehicle you want to purchase, it’s time to take a test drive. This gives you another opportunity to inspect the vehicle, so you can see how it performs and handles. You’ll also want to make sure it’s not making any weird noises or smells, and that you feel comfortable driving it.

Shop Pre-Owned Vehicles at Land Rover Charleston

Contact us online or visit our showroom in Charleston to learn more about our pre-owned vehicles and take some test drives. Be sure to also ask about financing options and pre-owned vehicle specials.

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