Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Questions About Your Next Car

There are hundreds of cheap used cars available throughout the country. Whether you're shopping for your first one or buying your next, there are a few questions you need to ask to make sure you drive home in the vehicle that's right for you.

To help you during your pre-owned vehicle search at Val-U-Line®, here are some of the best questions to ask when buying a used car.

1. Does the used car have all the features I need?

Finding the right used car starts with knowing which features and technologies you need. Once you have a better understanding of that, ask yourself and the dealership if the pre-owned vehicle you've had your eye on has everything you need for the road ahead. If not, you'll be able to narrow down your options until you find the one that does.

2. How many owners did this used car have?

Ownership records can help you get a better understanding of the type of care the vehicle received over the past few years. So, be sure to ask about the numbers of owners a used car has had. Typically, you'll be able to find this information in the CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™.

3. What kind of service has this vehicle had?

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Every vehicle needs routine services to preserve its condition. With that said, you should always ask for any available service records when buying a used car to make sure the one you want is up to date on all its oil changes, tire rotations, and any necessary repairs.

4. Has this used car been in any accidents?

Accident information can help you get a better idea of how dependable a used car can be. Reported accident information can be found on the vehicle history report. Make sure you ask this question when buying a used car when you're ready to get behind the wheel.

5. Has this car been inspected?

If you want a vehicle that can deliver a dependable performance, choose one that's been thoroughly inspected. The used cars at Val-U-Line® go through a 360-point safety inspection performed by ASE-certified technicians that checks all performance, interior, and exterior features to ensure proper operation.

6. Does it come with any dependability benefits?

Used cars can often come with an array of benefits that are designed to ensure your peace of mind when you're behind the wheel. A few benefits for our pre-owned vehicles can include a complimentary CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™, updated state inspections, and multipoint performance checks.

7. Can I schedule a test drive?

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One of the most crucial questions to ask when buying a used car is "can I schedule a test drive?". Scheduling a test drive is one of the most important things you can do when you're shopping for a used car. It'll help you experience its performance firsthand, and you'll be able to get a closer look at its features and designs when you're behind the wheel. Overall, it'll show you if the car you want truly is the best one for you.

8. Do you have similar options available?

While you may have your heart set on a specific vehicle, it's still a good idea to ask if there are any other models available when buying a used car. That way, you'll be able to compare its design, performance, and features with other options. This will make sure you choose the best one for your specific automotive wants and needs.

9. What happens if I decide I want to return my used car after buying?

If you want to return the pre-owned vehicle you bought from our nationwide used car dealerships, our No Questions Asked Return Policy can help. With this, you can make a return within 300 miles or three days.

10. Can I finance my cheap used car?

Cheap Used Car Financing

Financing is available for used cars! Just reach out to the dealership's financing team for more information about your flexible options and how we can make getting behind the wheel of your pre-owned vehicle more affordable.

11. Can I finance a used car if I have bad or no credit?

It doesn't matter what type of credit you have; our team will work with you to get the financing options you need. All you have to do is contact the finance department to learn more about how we work with local banks and lenders to secure the affordable terms you need.

12. Where should I shop for a used car?

Finally, one of the most important questions you need to ask when buying a used car is where you should shop for a pre-owned vehicle.

If you're interested in driving home in a used car, Val-U-Line® is a great place to go. From vehicles priced at $14,999 or lower to a friendly, professional staff, we have what you need to get the right car at the right price and the right financing.

Overall, we're committed to assisting all drivers with their used car search. When you're ready to get behind the wheel, contact our team to learn more about our competitively priced pre-owned inventory and services!