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What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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Pre-owned cars enable you the luxury of finding your next Sparta Twp ride from a wider selection of options to meet your needs and fit your budget. With more options to choose from, you might be overwhelmed when trying to determine which provides the proper features, mileage, and more that suits you best. That’s why the experts at Sussex Honda are here to help steer you in the right direction with a closer look at what to look for when buying a used car, then stop by and see our inventory in person!



What to Check When Buying a Used Car: At Home

Before you make your way on Hackettstown roads to our dealership, there is a range of things you can do to get the car-buying process right at home. Take a look at some of the things to check when buying a used car as you begin your search online below:

  • Check Your Budget: When you know how much money you can afford to spend, that will whittle away the vehicles that aren’t right for your budget. Use our payment calculator to find out your monthly payments. If you have a car to trade, our value your trade-in tool can help, too.
  • Check Automotive Reviews: Websites like Kelley Blue Book and J.D. Power and Associates can tell you how makes and model years have aged, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has vehicle safety information that covers many years. These sources can also give you the information on the cost of ownership by make, model, and year. Figure that into your calculations from the first step.
  • Choose Your Year, Make, and Model: With your financial and vehicle information in hand, narrow your choices down to your top three makes and models. Use our vehicle finder to start the search for your perfect car!

What to Check When Buying a Used Car: At the Dealership

In addition to doing your research and preliminary look at your next used vehicle online, there’s also many things you’ll want to be sure to do when you see the car in person. Here’s a list of what to look for when buying a used car at a dealership below:

  • Checking the Vehicle History Report: This can tell you far more than tire-kicking. You want to find a used car with the best possible maintenance record, preferably one that has a clean title and hasn’t been involved in any accidents. You can also verify the miles on the odometer with a vehicle history report, along with how many owners the vehicle’s had.
  • Test Drive: As with any vehicle, new or used, you’ll want to see how it feels to drive it in Newton. Make sure it has the amount of power you want, responsive brakes, and that there aren’t any unusual noises or vibrations.
  • Inspection by a Mechanic: While every car in our used vehicle inventory has been inspected for dependability and safety by our service department, and our certified pre-owned vehicles have passed the inspection mandated by the manufacturer, you still have the right to have a vehicle inspected by the mechanic of your choice before you buy it.

Learn More Things to Check When Buying a Used Car at Sussex Honda

Now that you’ve seen some of the things to check when buying a used car, take your favorite options for a spin on Denville streets. Save more on your next ride from Sussex Honda when you shop our used vehicle specials or certified pre-owned models for sale which come with their own great coverage. Take a look at more helpful car-buying tips and value your current trade-in online at home to get started. Contact us today for more details on what to look for when buying a used car and to set up a test drive at our dealership here in Newton!


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