Tips for Buying a Used Car

Tips for Buying a Used Car

Brought to you by Rossi Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

So you have decided it's time to buy a car. You have chosen to purchase a used car. Now comes the fun part, the search. Shopping for a used car can feel like a treasure hunt. You need a vehicle that will fit your needs and budget. Rossi Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM has a wide range of used cars to choose from. Our sales team put together a few tips to keep in mind while you are on the hunt for your perfect used car.

How do I set a budget for a used car?

The first step is to set your budget. Are you paying cash, or will you be taking out a loan? How you answer these questions will decide your budget?  If you are going to pay cash, then budgeting is pretty straightforward. It is whatever you have in savings. However, we recommend not spending all your savings. Remember you will have to pay for registration and insurance. If you choose to go with a car loan, it is highly recommended that you get preapproved to speed up the process. Plus it will give you an idea of the payment amount. You can fill out a loan application right on the Rossi website.

How do you pick the right used car?

Ok, now we have our budget. Next, we have to decide on the right car. Make a list of how you will use the vehicle. For example, will it be used as a primary family car, or will it be used for hauling items? This list will help you narrow down the vehicle's size and what safety features are available. If you are going to be using it for work, maybe you need storage space. If it is to bring the kids to practices and dance class, you would want more safety features.

Where can I find a car's vehicle history report?

Next, you should check the reliability and history of the vehicle. There are a couple of websites that provide the total cost of ownership information. Some cars are cheap to purchase but have higher repair and ownership costs due to insurance, maintenance, repairs, and depreciation. A few automotive websites, such as Kelley Blue Book's Five-Year Cost to Own or Consumer Reports' Cost of Vehicle Ownership, will show estimates of these expenses. Once you have found a possible vehicle, check its history. Through websites like Carfax or AutoCheck, you can input the vehicle identification number and see the car's entire history from accidents to title issues.

What do you check for on a test drive?

So, you have narrowed down your search to check ownership cost and the vehicle's history. Now, it's time to test drive the car. The test drive allows you to sit in the car and push all the buttons to make sure everything works and check to make sure that it is big enough for what you need. When you choose where you will go on your test drive, the sales team at Rossi Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM recommends taking a path that offers a  little bit of everything: hills, rough pavement, curves, and even a stretch of highway.  While on your test drive, be sure to check the visibility, acceleration when cornering, brakes, and ergonomics. Once the test drive is over, be sure to check the back-seat legroom and cargo capacity, check the radio, and see if your phone connects via Bluetooth.

Rossi Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM has the largest pre-owned inventory in the Washington, NJ area.

With all the incentives to buy used and with Rossi Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM's substantial used car inventory, it's a no-brainer. So if you are in the Washington, NJ area, stop in our showroom and talk with one of our sales team members. We'll take the time to help you understand your options and find the right vehicle for your needs. That's the Rossi Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM experience. You can see our entire inventory of pre-owned cars on our website.

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