Used Car Tips

January 31st, 2020 by

What to Look for When Buying a Used Car, Truck or SUV
When you shop with Susan Schein Automotive, you shop with the confidence of buying a quality and dependable pre-owned car, truck and SUV. But what exactly should you be looking for when in the market for a used vehicle? From your budget to inspection, it’s important to investigate every aspect of the pre-owned vehicle, from its previous drivers to its vehicle history. It all starts with how much you can spend, and then you can work your way to finding the best pre-owned vehicle for the value you are looking for. Come on into our Pelham dealership, and our knowledgeable and courteous staff will get you started in finding the pre-owned car, truck or SUV you’ve been looking for.

Know Your Budget

It’s easy to figure out your monthly budget, and pencil in an amount that you can afford with all the other bills. But don’t forget, there’s more than the car’s price that goes into that monthly number. When purchasing a pre-owned vehicle, there are obvious outside costs not always included in the cost, such as taxes, titles, registration and most-importantly registration. Depending on the make, model and year of your purchase, those prices vary. If you are financing, don’t forget that it’s a car loan, and that means there will be interest built into the payment, which may make it a little higher than expected. It’s important to look into warranty programs as well with pre-owned vehicles, like Susan Schein’s unique Million and 1 Mile Warranty, that protect your vehicle for many miles down the road. It’s important to remember that there are often more costs than the price tag, and always include that wiggle room when shopping for a pre-owned car, truck or SUV.

Find the Car that’s Right for You

Don’t buy a pre-owned car, truck or SUV just because it fits your budget. Make sure your shopping for the vehicle that suits you best. Are you looking for a fun-to-drive car to cruise around the Pelham area or are you in a need of a family-friendly SUV to get back and forth from Birmingham on weekend adventures? Don’t overlook the versatile and functional pickup trucks, like the Ford F-150 and many available from Chevrolet that are perfect for any walk of life whether it’s on the paved roads or off of it. Once you figure out what type of vehicle you want, make a list of the models you like. Don’t shop blindly, research what pre-owned vehicle meets your needs most.

Learn your History

At Susan Schein Automotive, every vehicle we sell is Schein certified. It goes through 172-point inspection, starting with the vehicle’s CarFax report. It tells the important details of the vehicle’s history, from odometer readings to previous owners, and recalls to repairs. Knowing this information is pertinent to the future life of your car, and if it is important to us, it should be important to you. Understanding that the information provided on these reports give you insight into how the car was maintained, and thus how reliable it will be down the road, gives you more value for your dollar. Know before you shop and do your research.

Contact the Seller and Do Your Own Inspections

When you shop at Susan Schein Automotive, you shop with the confidence of the Schein Certified stamp of approval. Luckily, our courteous and knowledgeable staff is here to walk you through any questions and the history of your vehicle. You should always contact the owner and inquire about the car’s history and handling, but also, don’t be afraid to test things out yourself. Go for a test drive and see how it feels and get the car inspected yourself. Check with your dealer about warranties that come with the vehicle as well. At Susan Schein, all of our pre-owned vehicles come with The Million and One Mile Warranty. This is your purchase, you want to drive with the confidence you deserve.

Find a Pre-Owned Car, Truck or SUV at Susan Schein Automotive

There’s a pre-owned vehicle for everyone at Susan Schein Automotive. We also have unrivaled customer service, here to help you every step of the way, to get you the exact pre-owned vehicle you need at a monthly budget you deserve. Know what to look for when buying your next pre-owned car, truck or SUV for your family adventures. Contact our Pelham dealership at 877-806-3882 for more information today!

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