Five Things to Look for Before Buying a Used Car

Buying a Used Car - Reliable AutoWhen shopping for a used car, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the many options available. How do you compare a broad range of vehicles of varying makes and models?

Whether you’re looking at a family sedan or sports car, there are some common points to consider. While this isn’t a comprehensive checklist, the following five points should help as you begin browsing for that perfect pre-owned vehicle.

1. The Sticker Price

The price of the car you’re looking at should correspond to the going price of similar vehicles of the same condition in your market. Check sites like Kelley Blue Book to see price ranges. Do your homework to make sure you don’t overpay.

2. Vehicle History Report

A vehicle history report can tell you how many owners a car has had as well as how many incidents it has been involved in. Look for low owner numbers and cars with no accidents.

3. Mileage

Low mileage doesn’t always mean a perfect car, but high mileage likely means more service needs in the near future. Check the mileage and compare it to other similar cars in your market when valuing a vehicle.

4. Service Records

Any car that has been properly maintained should have service records. Without these documents, you’ll be subject to some guesswork when it comes to maintenance.

With the detailed service records in hand, be on the lookout for any recurring issues or gaps in its recommended service schedule.

5. Physical Damage

Checking for physical damage may seem like an obvious step to take, but it is surprising how many people don’t spend more than a minute or two performing a visual inspection.

Plan to take some additional time to thoroughly inspect the car from front to back. Look inside and check each compartment as well. You don’t want to be surprised by cosmetic or body damage after driving the car home.

Reliable Auto Sales

Stop by Reliable Auto Sales to learn more about why we’re one of the top used car dealers in Las Vegas. We offer a broad selection of used cars Las Vegas residents can choose from, and our friendly staff is happy to answer all your questions about every vehicle.

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