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What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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Finding the right pre-owned car for you can seem like a challenge. Most used inventories at car dealerships offer a wide selection of different makes, models, and years. This can make it harder to know what to look for when buying a used car. Fortunately, Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda has a lot of experience selling pre-owned cars to shoppers in the Portland area. Below, you’ll find some tips from our team on how to find a used car that checks all of your “must-have” boxes at a good price.



How to Buy a Used Car From a Dealer

Buying a used car affords a number of advantages, such as lower asking price, lower insurance premiums, and slower depreciation. They can be smart investments if you shop smart! If you want to buy from a dealership like Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda, follow the steps below to ensure you get the best used car for you:

  • Know Your Budget: Cost to buy and cost to own are two different concepts. So, be sure you’re factoring in future repairs, tire replacements, maintenance, and car loan payments (if you’re taking out a car loan).
  • Find the Right Used Car: Consider your budget, vehicle history report, service history, and mileage. Set standards to help narrow down your used car options. Figure out what kind of body style and features you want, then find a used car that meets those expectations and fits into your budget.
  • Test Drive & Inspect the Models: Finding a worthwhile used car can take some determination. Have the car you’re considering inspected by a trusted mechanic, and take it for a road test to get an idea of how it rides.
  • Used Car Financing & Other Fees: If you’re planning to finance, explore your loan options. Factor in other fees and credits like state sales tax, registration fees, and the trade-in value of the car you’re curing driving. When you’re finalizing the deal, make sure you’re covered with any warranties and car insurance plans you may want or need.

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

It’s important to ask a lot of questions about the used car you’re considering. You want to make sure you’re making a purchase you won’t regret later. Learn as much as you can about the car by asking the following questions:

  • How was the vehicle priced?
  • Is there a documented service history for the car?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • Do the amenities and features work as they should?
  • What is the ownership history?
  • What is the vehicle’s mileage?
  • Are there any current recalls on the vehicle?
  • Can I get this car inspected by a mechanic?
  • Do you have the title in hand?
  • Is the car as is, or is it under warranty?
  • Does this vehicle affect your insurance premiums?

Shop High-Quality Used Cars at Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda Today!

Parker Johnstone's Wilsonville Honda is here to make the car shopping process easy for you. In addition to our selection of used cars, we offer budget-friendly options priced under $10k. If you’d like to take one of our pre-owned cars for a test drive around Wilsonville, contact us online or call us at (503) 925-3116 to schedule a visit. In the meantime, don’t miss out on our latest pre-owned vehicle specials!


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