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Here at Thomason Auto Group we love to make sure that our customer are getting the best possible deal when purchasing their next pre-owned car or truck.  Read below to find out some of the best tips when it comes to choosing your next vehicle. Here are some of the topics this page will cover and also check out our current inventory of cars and trucks for sale in Bend Oregon just down below.

 

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Tips for Buying a Used Car

You’ve made up your mind that you cannot do without a car, but you probably don’t want to invest in a new expensive one or you just want to save a few thousand dollars. Well, with the used car market thriving, you’ve lots of choice, and with a little searching can actually get the car of your dreams. However, buying a used car can be a little more complex than buying a new one- the car may be out of warranty and as you’re buying it in an ‘as is’ condition, you just never know when the ‘big repair’ will burst on you.

However, there are a few things that you can do to minimize the risk that used cars invariably bring in their wake.

Search the used-car inventory lists

There are some things that you can do to minimize the risk of buying a used car- start with used-car marketplaces, filter your search to include as many factors as possible and find the one that you want. It’s a good idea not to buy a model that is out of production or very old cars.

Buy from authorized dealers or a close friend

Authorized dealers sometimes offer a warranty on used cars that have been certified. Reputed service networks are usually associated with such dealers, and this can be beneficial in the long run if you want to service your car or buy parts.

Check documents

Once you’ve found the car that you want, it would be best to go through the Registration papers, check whether there is a valid pollution under control (PUC) certificate, and look for any tax tokens and for insurance papers.

Take a look at the service log

When you’re buying a used car, you need to know how often it has been serviced, whether it underwent any major repairs and if there are any major mechanical pain spots that you need to know about. All this gives you an idea as to how well the car has been maintained. If a close family member or friend is selling the car, it becomes easier to get the history report from them. Single owner cars are always better than a used car that has gone through several hands. You can get vehicle history reports from authentic sources by using the vehicle identification number.

Get in touch with the seller

Even If you’re satisfied on all those counts, it’s wise to contact the seller first- there’s a dual benefit to this. You can establish a relationship with the seller, get firsthand information about the car, get to know if it has any mechanical problems and also verify the information with you.

Mechanical inspection

If you’ve found the car of your choice, get it inspected by a mechanic that’s known to you. The chances are that they will hone in on car- problems that may have escaped you.

Final test

Put the car through the loops and see if it’s the one for you; by taking it for a test drive, you can also evaluate the condition of the car. Ensure that there’s enough legroom, headroom in the front and back seats. Check whether the driving position and seating height suits you and whether the seats make for good sitting. The rear-view and front mirrors need to be checked out. In short, get a handle on the overall feel, see if you can detect anything amiss while the car is in motion.

Once you sign on the dotted line, remember you’re done and can’t alter anything- so before paying up, it makes sense to check things out. A driver friend can be of great help. Don’t be afraid to negotiate for a better deal- if you can save a few hundred dollars, then why not?

Having bought the car, enjoy it to the fullest.

If you have any questions about your next car purchase, feel free to give us a call and we can help you throughout the entire car buying process