Used Car Buying Tips | Uftring Auto Group
The folks at each Uftring Auto Group Dealership understand that buying a pre-owned, program, off-lease, one-owner trade or otherwise "used" car is complicated. As a used car dealer in Peoria, we would like to offer you a valuable selection of used car buying tips designed to minimize the chance that you won't be happy with your purchase. Take these tips and apply them - you won't regret it.
Buying a Used Car | Peoria, Illinois
Initially, make sure each person involved in the buying decision accompanies you to the lot, or at the very least, has a chance to see the vehicle before you buy. Take your time when examining the vehicle - you may miss the fact that it doesn't have a sunroof or a particularly important detail and be frustrated when you discover its absence later. Similarly, if you want anything corrected or added to the vehicle, be sure to address it up front - before you make the purchase. Every person in your family needs to be involved. It might be more difficult to coordinate everyone if you are driving to one of our Peoria area car dealerships from Morton, Eureka, Chillicothe, Pekin or surrounding communities. But trust us, it's worth the time and effort to have everyone in your family who has a stake in your next car to weigh in on the options. You might be looking at a used sedan, but your wife or husband is more interested in a crossover with All Wheel Drive or a 4x4. What if you are shopping for a used van in Peoria - Pre-Owned vans are full of options, including Captain's Chairs, Dual DVD systems, hard drives, stow and go seating, automatic side doors and much more. Even though you are shopping for a mini-van or "van," the options are limitless and need to be explored. If you are in the market for a used sport utility in Peoria or Pekin , you wouldn't believe the options that are available. At the Uftring Auto Group, you might come across a Used Ford Explorer, Used Chevrolet Tahoe, Used Nissan Pathfinder, Used Murano, Used Rogue, Used Traverse, Used Equinox, Used Grand Cherokee, Used Land Rover LR4, Used Equinox, Used Ford Edge - just to name a few. Each of these used SUVs has a very unique set of options that will drastically affect your satisfaction later on.
Used Car Test Drive | What to Do
Obviously, you should take the vehicle for a substantial and thorough test drive. When you do, take it on a more extensive trip than a quick jaunt around the block. Plot a path around the Peoria, Washington or Pekin area that will test the vehicle under a variety of circumstances. Take it on I-74, go up a hill, take some corners . . . just make sure you get a legitimate feel of the vehicle's capabilities. Take it on the hill just past the McClugage Bridge near Illinois Central College. Take a few turns and see what the handling is like. Just driving around for a few minutes won't give you a comprehensive feel of what the vehicle is capable of and whether it is right for you and your family.
Examine Your Used Car or Truck
When you examine the vehicle, leave no stone unturned. Check all gauges, making sure they are active and registering correct levels. Regardless the time of year, test both the heat and air-conditioning systems. Turn on the radio, CD Player, and test the navigation system. Pop the hood and pull the dipstick, making sure there is enough oil. If you are inclined and know a mechanic you trust, bring them along and ask to have the vehicle put up on a hoist to examine the underside components. A dealer or private seller who is selling you a legitimate used car should have no problem with these types of requests unless they have something to hide.
Reconditioned Used Cars
Several final considerations are service-related. If you are buying from a franchised auto dealer, ask if they recondition the vehicles before offering them for sale. Take a walk through the dealership's service department and ask what makes and models they are capable of servicing. Your sales consultant will not hesitate to introduce you to members of the service team so you can get a feel of the type of people who will be working on your vehicle. Remember that if you have to pay an extra $1,500 in service costs on a used car BEFORE you make your first payment - are you really saving any money? Many used cars might have bald tires, worn out brakes, no spare keys or no spare tire. These items can add up quickly and make the money you saved on the car disappear fast.
You are now armed with a set of powerful pre-owned buying tips that will make you a better informed consumer. Many of these ideas also apply to new vehicles, use them wisely.If you are in the market for a quality, inspected used car or truck in Peoria, Pekin, Washington, Morton, Eureka, Bloomington, Metamora, Germantown Hills, Dunlap, Brimfield and Chillicothe, call us and put some of these tips to work.