What To Check When Buying a Used Car

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Financing used cars is one of the most common ways people in Wildwood upgrade vehicles without overpaying for them. Not only are used vehicles today designed to drive well past 100,000 miles but many car brands don’t lose their touch after being driven for a few years. At Atlantic Volkswagen, we sell a multitude of used vehicles and used VW for sale, but some car shoppers don’t know what to check when buying a used car.

There are many things that you should check when shopping for used VW for sale at our dealership so you can get the most from your investment. Use this guide to learn more about what to check when buying a used car and use Volkswagen. Also, apply for financing with our finance center to get the latest deals and specials today!

A Home Check Before Buying Used VW for Sale

Before even coming down to our Millville-area dealership, you have to do a little homework to make sure that certain things are in order. Taking this step seriously can prevent unwanted surprises when you’re making your final deal for a used VW for sale. See what you should do at home before visiting us:

  • 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 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 a Dealership

Now after you’ve done your homework, you also have to know what to check when buying a used car at our Atlantic City-area dealership. Some of these things include:

  • 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 vehicles had.
  • Test Drive: As with any vehicle, new or used, you’ll want to see how it feels to drive it in Egg Harbor Township. 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. 

Shop For a Used Volkswagen at Atlantic Volkswagen 

Now that you know what to check when buying a used car, contact us or visit us to learn more about our inventory of used VW for sale today. Get yourself a car that’ll change the way you drive!

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