At Pat McGrath Kia, your source for great used cars near Cedar Rapids, we pride ourselves on our dedication to serving you. We have found that some drivers come in almost clueless of some really important things to consider in their used vehicle search, so we’re here to help with some common questions to ask when buying a used car.
Questions to Ask a Used Car Dealership
It’s a bit cliché now, but the old adage that “knowledge is power” is quite true, especially with regard to searching for your next pre-owned vehicle. We’ve got some questions you’ll want to ask salesmen that are interested in selling you a new car, as well as the reasons why you want to ask these questions, in the hopes that you don’t end up with a car you regret.
Where does the vehicle come from? This can be one of the most important questions, and you can learn quite a bit. There could be something wrong with the car if it has had many different owners, and you would like for there to be only one previous owner, if at all possible.
What’s the accident history of the car? It’s very easy for a body shop to make a vehicle look pristine while hiding things that could be wrong underneath the surface. An accident can cause some real damage that you may not see for some time, and having a detailed accident report will keep you informed.
Is there a vehicle history report? Companies like CARFAX make a business of offering vehicle history reports, which will detail many of these questions for you. It never hurts to ask, because the reason you have these questions is to be sure that you know exactly what you’re investing your money in.
Why are they selling the vehicle? If you’re buying from an individual, this could be very important. The bottom line is that you need to make sure that they have the right to sell this car, and if they seem shifty about it at all, you probably don’t want to buy it.
Other things to consider asking about:
– Previous service records
– Whether the vehicle is certified pre-owned by the manufacturer
– The odometer reading
And remember, always see if you can get your mechanic to give the vehicle a once-over, just in case!
Trust McGrath Kia For Your Next Car
From great new Kia vehicles to all manner of pre-owned autos, we’ve got what you need at McGrath Kia. Don’t take our word for it, though, visit us today and see for yourself!