If you’re in the market for a vehicle, buying used can be a great cost-effective option. In the past, people were a little warier about purchasing a used vehicle – particularly with low-quality used cars and dishonest salesmen. However, times have changed.
Today’s vehicles are built with engines that can last longer, innovations in diagnostic tools have allowed service techs to accurately identify issues, and technology has made it simpler to replace vehicle components at a lower cost. Furthermore, there are resources like Carfax that can provide information on the value of a car and its maintenance history.
With so many improvements in the industry and information right at your fingertips, you can find a great deal on a reliable used vehicle at a fair price. Here’s how to get started.
1. Decide what type of vehicle you need
The “right” type of vehicle is a personal choice and depends on your lifestyle. Do you need a simple compact vehicle, a truck for work, or a family-friendly SUV? We recommend making a list of your non-negotiables and a “nice to have”.
For example, a non-negotiable is a specific towing capacity, and a “nice to have” is a touchscreen navigation system. Doing this helps you focus on what you actually need and not be swayed by the bells and whistles. While a sports car looks amazing and you picture yourself riding through Evansville turning heads, it’s probably not the practical choice if you commute a lot and need a fuel-efficient vehicle.
2. Work out your budget
Once you’ve settled on the type of vehicle you need, it’s time to work out a budget. If you’re financing, how much can you afford in car payments per month? Remember to factor in an estimate of your insurance, fuel, and maintenance costs. Try to stick to this budget as much as possible – you will thank yourself in the future for being prepared and financially responsible.
3. Find an honest dealership to work with
Remember that sleazy car salesman we mentioned in the beginning? The person you deal with can make or break this experience. Purchasing a car, whether new or used, is a big financial step and is worth doing your research to find a reputable company to work with. A good dealership will help you find a reliable vehicle at a fair price and within your budget.
At Edge Auto Sports, we have good-standing relationships in the Evansville used vehicle dealership communities. This allows us to purchase lease returns and new car trades at an incredible value and we can pass those savings along to our customers.
4. Use online inventory and car finder tools
Searching for a particular vehicle is easier than ever – you don’t even need to step foot inside a dealership! Check out our inventory of used vehicles online or use our car finder tool to search for a specific make and model. If you have a certain vehicle in mind and can’t find what you’re looking for, give us a call and we’ll do our best to help you find it or something similar.
5. Submit an online application
Applying online for a used vehicle in Evansville offers many benefits. If your application is approved, that means you’re ready to buy when you visit our dealership. It will also give you a better idea of what you can afford and help you in your search for a car or truck. Additionally, when we receive online applications, we know to expect you and this will give us time to prepare a quote and offer tailored to you.
Whether you have bad credit, good credit, or no credit, we will work with our network of lenders to help you leave our lot with a quality used vehicle.