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What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

Drivers looking for a used car here in the Miami, Doral, and Hialeah areas will have plenty of options to choose from. However, to make the most out of your pre-owned purchase, you’ll want to do a bit of research first.

To make things easy for you, the Braman Honda in Miami team has put together this list of what to look for when buying a used car. Read on to put together your own personal checklist.

1. Find the Right Dealership

What to Look for When Buying a Used CarWhile the only place you’ll be able to buy a brand-new car is a dealership, used cars can also be purchased from private sellers. This may seem like a convenient option, but it is also an uncertain one. Private sellers have no reason to follow quality assurance rules in prepping the vehicle for sale, and they don’t need to be forthcoming with the car’s past.

If you’re looking for a convenient and high-quality used-car-buying experience, you’ll want to find an actual used car dealership.

2. Inquire About Mileage

While some drivers like to get a new car every few years, others are looking to commit for the long haul. If you fall into the latter category, be sure to look at a used car’s odometer before purchase. Those that are lower in mileage should be easier to get more years out of.

3. Ask for a Vehicle History Report

When you visit a dealership, it should be easy to access the car’s history report. This is the document that will tell you if the vehicle has been in any prior accidents. A car with a clean record is sure to last a bit longer, particularly if it still has all original parts in place.

4. Examine the Exterior

What to Look for When Buying a Used CarDealerships will clean up and inspect vehicles prior to putting them on the lot. That being said, when you visit to look at a used model, you’ll want to make sure it meets your specifications. Is this car:

  • The right color?
  • Free of dents or scratches?
  • Free of rust?

5. Get a Feel for the Interior

Next, you’ll want to get inside the car. Like with the exterior, you can look for any tears in the upholstery or scuff marks. However, these things were likely taken care of during its inspection.

To ensure the car is as comfy as possible, you’ll want to stretch out and make sure it is spacious enough for you or for your whole family.

6. Get Behind the Wheel

If the last five things have checked out for you, then you’re probably ready for the most important step of all: The test drive.

Taking a used car for a spin around Miami, Doral, or Hialeah is the best way to know if it is right for you. During this time, you can test:

  • Handling
  • Speed
  • Brakes
  • Cornering

We invite you to visit Braman Honda in Miami and take your favorite model for a spin. Contact us online or over the phone today to schedule your test drive!