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Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Car

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When it comes time to buy a used car, Miami, Doral, and Hialeah drivers may have lots of questions. We here at Braman Honda Miami have the answers you need.

While we’re happy to field all your questions in person, we’ve put together this list of used car FAQs so that you can do half of your research at home.

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Where can I find a reliable used car near me?

Used Honda Cars for SaleWhen buying pre-owned, drivers will have two options: they can shop with an independent seller or with a dealership.

Independent sellers can be fairly easy to negotiate with. However, they don’t have to operate under any quality assurance standards and don’t need to fix up the car prior to selling. For this reason, buying from a private seller can be a risk.

Dealerships, on the other hand, have exceptionally high standards. When buying with them, you’ll have a high-quality vehicle, plus other perks like a free vehicle history report.

Check out online reviews or ask around to find the best used car dealer near you.

Should I test drive used car?

Yes. A test drive is a must, especially when you’re buying a used car. During the test drive, you’ll be able to see exactly how a car performs and if it’s suffering from any performance issues or damages. Most importantly, you’ll able to see if the vehicle can give you the exact driving experience you’re looking for.

What should I look for during a test drive?

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During the test drive, you’ll want to look at the exterior, interior, and the performance of the vehicle.

  • When checking the exterior: Are there any dents or scratches in the car? Any rust on the underbody? Do the tires still have ample tread?
  • When checking the interior: Is the upholstery clean? Does the car smell nice? Is there enough headroom and legroom? Are the controls and technologies all easy to reach?
  • When checking performance: Are the brakes responsive? Does the car accelerate the way you prefer? Is it easy to park or to turn around sharp corners?

Are financing options available for used cars?

Financing options are available for used cars if needed. Usually, dealerships offer financing options for pre-owned vehicles based on your credit history to make owning your used car easier and more affordable.

What kind of credit do I need to buy a used car?

When you’re shopping with a reputable dealer, they’re bound to have a skilled and experienced finance team on site. That means that they can work with all types of credit. So, whether yours is good or bad, they should be able to help.

Can you lease a used car?

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Yes. Used cars can be leased from many car dealerships. Used cars for lease are usually certified pre-owned cars that are one to three years old and have less than 48,000 miles on them.

Leasing a used car is similar to leasing a brand-new car. The lender writing the car’s lease determines the residual value of the car. The monthly lease payments are determined by the difference between the sale price and the vehicle’s residual value.

One advantage of leasing a used car is that a used car has a lower sale price, which often means a lower total payment. If you lease a used car, you can buy out the car when the lease is up, just like with leasing a new car.

How many miles should a used car have?

On average, drivers will put about 12,000 miles a year on a car. So, if a car is four years old, ideally it shouldn’t have more than 48,000 miles on it.

Of course, beyond this marker, the number of miles or years on a car is all up to your preference. If you prefer something closer to new, then shoot for low mileage. Otherwise, just go with what fits your tastes!

When is the best time to buy a used car?

The best times to buy a used car vary. For a used car, we suggest July and early August, as dealerships are readying for the trade-ins they’ll get when drivers switch to the new-year models in the winter.

How are used cars valued?

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The three key ingredients for valuing a used car are as follows:

  • What model year do you have, and how outdated might it be?
  • Mileage tends to be equivalent to wear. So, if a car’s mileage is higher than average, it’s going to affect the value.
  • Whether the issue be cosmetic or performance-based, condition can greatly sway the value. Head off any issues in your car by cleaning it regularly and taking care of all the routine maintenance.

What should I look for when buying a used car?

Mileage and car condition are the two most important factors. Ask the dealership if the miles are city, highway, or a combination of both. Find out if the car was ever in an accident and exactly what the damage was if that’s the case (a vehicle history report should clue you in).

Once you’re certain that the car is in your desired shape, make sure that it’s a good fit for your lifestyle, too. Is there enough room for your family? Does it have the kind of handling necessary to handle the roads in your town (or climate)?

Finally, be sure to check for deals on the dealerships website. Most will rotate car specials, and you never know when your favorite pre-owned model might be going for a great price.

Where Is There a Used Car Dealer near Me?

These are just a few questions that drivers in Hialeah, Miami, and Doral might have about buying a used car. If you have a specific inquiry not addressed in the guide above, contact Braman Honda in Miami.

Our team will gladly answer questions about a specific make or model, in addition to allowing you to get behind the wheel for your test drive. Contact our team today to learn more!

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