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What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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Used car lots in Salt Lake City have a lot to offer, but finding the right vehicle can be tough if you’re not sure where to start! Our team of auto finance experts understands the challenges of finding a high-quality, reliable used car—and we’re to help you find the perfect fit. In this guide, we’ll explore what to look for when buying a used car so that you can start shopping with confidence.

Buying a Used Car From a Dealership

Some dealerships offer what’s known as in-house financing. With this option, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of connecting with West Jordan-area lenders and applying for multiple loans. Your dealership will do that work for you, sending your application to lots of lenders all at once so that you can compare their offers—and choose the one with the best rates.

You can streamline the process even more by selling your old car to a West Valley City-area dealership like Prestman Auto! We’ll quickly appraise your car and make you an offer. If you accept, you can apply that money toward your new car right then and there. Why else might you opt for a used vehicle over a new one? Here’s a quick look at the biggest benefits of buying a used car in West Valley City:

  • Prices vary widely on used car lots in Salt Lake City, so you’re sure to find something that’s a comfortable fit for your budget.
  • Variety is greater, too—in terms of available models, model year, and features. Prefer an old-school dash without a touchscreen? You’ll only find it on used car lots!
  • Looking for a used car that looks and feels new, just with a lower sticker price? Our inventory includes recent-year models with low mileage.
  • Used cars have already undergone the bulk of their depreciation, which occurs in the first three years of ownership. You can expect a used car to retain its value much more readily than a new car.

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Knowing what to ask when buying a used car can help you sniff out a lemon before you waste your time. These questions can help you to determine how well a car was maintained by the previous owner(s) and if you’re getting a fair price:

  • Is there a history of maintenance?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • Do the amenities and features work like they’re supposed to?
  • What is the ownership history?
  • What is the vehicle’s mileage?
  • Are there any current recalls on the vehicle?
  • How was the vehicle priced?
  • Can I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?
  • Do you have the title in hand?
  • Is the car as is, or is it under warranty?
  • Does this vehicle affect your insurance premiums?

Learn More About What to Look for When Buying a Used Car from a Dealership

If you have further questions about what to ask when buying a used car, truck, or SUV, we invite you to visit our finance center or give us a call at 385-364-3762. Let us help you get started taking home a new-to-you model today!


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