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How to Buy a Used Car

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Shopping for a used car in Lima can be an anxiety-inducing endeavor, but it doesn’t have to be! It just takes learning how to buy a used car and a little bit of savvy to ensure that you’re getting a great deal and a car that suits your Toledo driving needs. The team at Exceptional Motorcar is here to help you have the best experience when you shop our selection of pre-owned vehicles. Take a look at our guide to how to buy a used car, then contact us with questions.

How to Buy a Used Car From a Dealer

Buying a used car from a dealer like Exceptional Motorcar in Defiance has a lot of benefits you won’t get if you’re shopping from private sellers in online marketplaces. The first being selection. You’ll find a variety of makes, models, and model years and broad range of price points from cars priced under $15,000 to like-new vehicles. No matter what specifics you’re looking for, here are the steps you should follow to have the best used car-buying experience:

  • Set a Budget: This includes more than the sticker price. Also consider the price to own. While a used hybrid vehicle might have a higher price tag, it’ll save you money on fuel costs in the long run. Your monthly payment shouldn’t exceed 10 percent of your monthly income. Our payment calculator can help you see what your monthly payment will be.
  • Find the Right Used Car: What makes a used car the right one for you? Consider aspects like mileage expectations and how long you intend this vehicle to last on Findlay streets, and what features you need. Make sure it has a vehicle history report. Then, compile a list of available used cars for sale in our inventory that meet your criteria. From there you can take advantage of resources like Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds to research the details of each vehicle. Lastly, use these sites to compare the price of the car you want with what the same make and model has sold for near you.
  • Test Drive and Inspect the Models: Now that you’ve narrowed down your search to a few models, take them for test drives and thoroughly inspect the vehicle. You can even have an outside mechanic perform an inspection.
  • Explore Your Financing Options: Consider all the fees like state sales tax, insurance, and registration you’ll be paying. And don’t forget to subtract the value of your trade-in if you have one. Then apply for financing with us or with your lender of choice.

Learn More About Buying a Used Car with Exceptional Motorcar

At Exceptional Motorcar we know that an informed buyer is a happy buyer! Read through our car buying tips so you can stay on top of how to get the right car at the right price.


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