What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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It can be difficult to find the right used car for you, as there are so many different vehicles available around Mission. Regardless of whether you’re buying your first car or just haven’t been in the market for a while, the team at Burns Motors is more than happy to help make the process a little easier. So, let’s learn more about what to look for when buying a used car and some additional used car tips. For more information, feel free to contact us anytime!

Buying a Used Car From a Dealer

When learning what to look for when buying a used car, you’ll quickly notice that it’s much easier to purchase from a dealership, and there are many benefits as well. With the help of Burns Motors, we’ll help you find a vehicle that makes you smile each time you hit the Edinburg roads. Let’s check out some used car buying tips below to help make the process stress-free:

  • Set a Budget: You should always set a balance and consider the cost to buy and the cost to own. It’s important to make sure that you take into account any future repairs, tires, or just basic routine maintenance. When setting your budget, the monthly payment of your vehicle should not exceed 10% of your monthly income. Use our payment calculator to find out how much you’ll pay each month.
  • Find the Right Used Car: There are so many used cars on the market that it can be difficult and overwhelming trying to find the right one. The vehicle you ultimately choose should not exceed your budget, not exceed your mileage expectations, and have a vehicle history report to avoid potential issues in the future. We recommend putting together a comprehensive list of vehicles that interest you and seeing what’s being offered at your McAllen dealership. You should then check out some reviews on trusted sites such as KBB and Edmunds.
  • Test Drive and Inspect the Models: When learning what to look for when buying a used car, you’ll see that some parts of the vehicle will have to be looked at by a mechanic. You should also test drive the vehicle to see if its performance meets your expectations.
  • Used Car Financing and Other Fees: Once you’ve finally narrowed down your next vehicle, it’s important to investigate financing options. It’s important to also factor in things such as state sales tax, registration fees, and the trade-in value of your previous vehicle. It’s also important to discuss any warranties that are included.

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Do you know what to ask when buying a used car? There are a few things you should consider asking your McAllen dealership, such as maintenance records, vehicle history, and if the vehicle is under warranty. Let’s see what to ask when buying a used car in more detail below:

  • Is there a history of maintenance?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • 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 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?

Come Find Your Used Vehicle at Burns Motors!

Now that you know what to look for when buying a used car, come stop by Burns Motors to check out our used vehicle inventory! We have many used and certified vehicles in our inventory and will help you have a stress-free experience. You can talk to our finance center about buying options, and even use our used vehicle specials to save big near Pharr! Be sure to check out more car buying tips on the Burns Motors website for more information.

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