Your Handy Used Vehicle Buying Checklist
Can shopping for used vehicles be daunting? Absolutely. Does it have to be? Nope! All you really need is the right used car buying checklist, so Volkswagen of Palm Springs has put one together on your behalf.
- Do your research
- Ask the right questions to a friendly staff
- Inspect the vehicle
- If possible, research the vehicle’s service history
- Take a test drive
- Get a vehicle history report
- Go through a dealership
Let’s break down those steps to get ensure you drive home in the right used car to meet your needs.
Your Used Car Buying Checklist
- Do your research: There are plenty of used vehicles out there, so research models in your chosen class (i.e., sedan or SUV), then make a list of top options. (You’re bound to find some Volkswagen vehicles on the list .) You can check prices online using resources like Kelley Blue Book.
- Ask the right questions : You should know how many miles are on the odometer, whether the car has been in an accident, what the current condition is, and how many previous owners there have been.
- Inspect the vehicle: Keep a sharp eye out for signs of repair or floor damage. Check for rust and make sure all the lights work.
- Take a test drive: Don’t just stick to the parking lot – go on a decent test drive from Cathedral City to Desert Hot Springs, making sure you can reach up to 60 mph. You want to know the vehicle can handle going longer distances, as well as around Palm Springs streets.
- Get a vehicle history report: Write down the used vehicle’s 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and get a history report from a site like Autocheck or CARFAX. Your vehicle’s service history may be included on this report. You don’t want a vehicle that hasn’t undergone its appropriate service schedule.
- Go through a dealership : Sure, that Craigslist ad might look tempting, but you should really pick a dealership to avoid scams. You’ll still find plenty of used vehicles under $15,000 , and you’ll also discover a selection of Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) models , which are a cut above the standard used vehicle .
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