Great Tips for Buying a Used Car

Did you know that average new car prices have soared above $40,000? That's a significant chunk of change for just about anyone. And with new car inventory issues caused by chip shortages, dealers are adding massive markups to squeeze every possible penny out of their lot. Unfortunately these issues are preventing many buyers from getting the car they need. To help our neighbors get behind the wheel, the team at G2 Automotive has curated a selection of quality used cars for sale in Cumming, GA that offer both affordability and reliability. Check out our tips for buying a used car and then come see us when you're ready to hit the road!

Pre-Shopping Assessment

Before you ever step foot on a used car lot (or even call regarding a private car sale), there's a few considerations that you need to make regarding your potential purchase.

  • Your needs in a vehicle - Be sure to understand your needs when it comes to transportation. Are you looking for a family hauler or personal sports car? Are there options that matter to you, such as a moon roof or heated seats, or can you live with the bare bones model? Knowing exactly what you want will prevent you from wasting time searching for a car or SUV that just doesn't suit you.
  • Setting a Budget - While researching your preferred vehicle, you'll need to know how much you can afford to spend. Whether paying in full or financing, identifying your budget will help get you into a car without breaking the bank, or worse, realizing you can't afford something you've already fallen in love with.

Searching for a Used Car

With your preferred vehicle type and budget in hand, you're ready to start shopping. As you look at vehicles, there's a couple of key elements to keep in mind.

  • Mileage - While many modern new cars can easily surpass 200,000 miles without major issues, it's still important to consider how many miles are on a car. Remember, by the time the odometer hits six digits, it's likely out of warranty too.
  • Vehicle History Report - You can learn a lot about a car by its vehicle history report, which many dealers can provide for you. These documents will inform you of service history, accidents, floods, ownership history, title issues, or other problems that may not be visible to the naked eye. Don't Skip the Test Drive - Once you find a car that meets your needs, budget and has a clean bill of health, be sure to take it for a test drive before trying to make a deal. Look for dashboard warning lights, ensure the car drives straight, listen for odd sounds and check the tires to make sure they're healthy. Given the opportunity, get on the highway and bring the car up to speed to make sure there are no issues at the higher end of the speedometer.

Buying a used car has historically been difficult due to shady dealers neglecting to mention known issues or asking for absurd prices. At G2 Automotive, we aim to break that stereotype by offering drivers in our community and the surrounding areas with quality used cars for sale in Cumming, GA. Our team can provide detailed inspection reports and in depth information about each of the hand selected vehicles we sell. To learn more about our local car lot or to hear about our current inventory, please give us a call at (678) 771-6434 or stop by today!

G2 Automotive Blog
Posted: July 30, 2020

Written and Published By MORBiZ

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