Buying a used car is a great way to get a beautiful, reliable vehicle at an economical price. When you buy a new car, it starts to depreciate the moment you drive it. When you buy a used car, you let someone else absorb the depreciation of the initial few years of ownership. At CardinaleWay Mazda Las Vegas, the used cars dealer in Las Vegas (also serving Henderson), you’ll find many pre-owned, late-model vehicles in excellent condition. In this article, we’ll present tips that will help you find the right used vehicle.
1. Set a Budget
You’ll find used cars for sale at a wide range of prices, so your plan should begin with setting a budget for your purchase. If you’re financing your purchase, a good rule of thumb is your payments shouldn’t exceed more than 20% of your take-home pay. Buyers on a tight budget may want to consider spending less. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of financing the vehicle and repair costs. While older used cars cost less, they’re more likely to require repair work down the road. Weigh the cost of spending a little more for a newer model against the likelihood of spending money on repairs while you own the car.
2. Find the Right Car
Decide on the make, model, trim level and year you’re looking for, staying within your budget. Determine which features you need vs. ones that are nice to have but aren’t necessary. You may want to consider models by a few different manufacturers. A used car dealer will sell pre-owned vehicles by many different automakers, and new-car dealerships primarily sell used cars by their brand as well as some vehicles from other manufacturers.
If you’re looking for a late-model vehicle, consider a certified pre-owned (CPO) model. CPO vehicles have lower mileage, come with factory warranties, and undergo a more thorough inspection and conditioning process than other used models. CPO cars are only sold by franchised dealerships of the same brand. So, if you want a CPO Mazda6, you’ll have to buy it from a Mazda dealer like CardinaleWay Mazda Las Vegas.
3. Check the Price
Saving money is the primary reason to choose a used car over a new one, so check around to find the best prices. The cheapest used cars will typically be found with private sellers, but you don’t know who you’re dealing with or what you’re getting when you buy a car from a private seller. CPO cars cost a little more than other used vehicles, but you’ll get an extra level of protection.
4. Check the Vehicle History Report
A vehicle history report reveals important information about the used car you’re considering buying, including whether it had been damaged in an accident, the title information, the last reported mileage on the odometer, the number of previous owners and more. Regarding the latter, you’ll want a car with the fewest number of previous owners, because a used vehicle with many owners may indicate a problem with the car. At CardinaleWay Mazda Las Vegas, every used car listing contains a link to the vehicle’s Carfax report.
5. Go for a Test Drive
Test driving a used vehicle is the best way to determine its condition and know if it’s right for you and. Check the comfort and the driving position. Do you smell oil or gas? Test the and and inspect the tire tread. Pop the hood and see if the engine is clean. How is the air conditioning working? You can ask the dealer to see the car’s service records to check its maintenance history.
Following these tips will help ensure you’ll be happy with your used car purchase. We invite you to visit CardinaleWay Mazda Las Vegas and explore our great selection of used and certified pre-owned Mazdas.