When buying a used car it is important to remember that not every car is equal. Aside from the obvious, even the same make and model of a car can have drastic differences in technology, reliability and safety ratings between different years of production. Even some typically reliable makes and models have certain years that auto mechanics would advise against because they have a history of expensive break downs.
So what can you do to protect yourself from accidentally buying a notoriously unreliable vehicle?
- Do your research! There are many sites dedicated to educating potential buyers on specific cars. Kbb.com and Edmunds.com are great places to start your used car buying search. The year, model, and features of a specific vehicle have the potential to drastically effect the value.
- Talk to reputable sources. You can jump online and find forums for most major cars. A Jeep forum will be filled with users who know the ins and outs of a vehicles history. They can advise you of years to avoid and years to search for. Our technicians are always available to answer your questions and share our insight from our experience with the vehicle.
- Always take it in for a pre-purchase inspection! Even a car with great ratings and a great reputation nationwide might not have been cared for the way it should. Or it could have been driven in less than desirable conditions with major parts ready to fail. Driving habits, road conditions, poor maintenance, or neglect can cause problems in vehicles that might not be obvious at first glance.
Used vehicles are a great option to when you’re looking for a new vehicle to purchase, but a used vehicle also requires better buying habits than just driving into a lot, picking a color, and heading on your way. Be smart when buying used and save yourself money and frustration in the long run!
For advice on a car you’re considering or to schedule a pre-purchase inspection, call the certified technicians at Dub’s Garage: 361.444.1355.