The used car-buying experience can be a bit different than buying a brand new vehicle and there are a number of things that should come into consideration when you’re in the market for a used vehicle. 


Below are some tips for buying a used car that will increase your chances of getting the best set of wheels for your budget. 


1. Get pre-approved first

With such a variety of vehicles to choose from at different mileages, trim levels and accessories, it’s easy to go over your budget with a used car. Getting pre-approved for a loan before you do any shopping will help you stay committed to your target. 


And if you have a vehicle to trade in, use Kelley Blue Book to gain an understanding of your car’s value and factor that into your financing plan. 


2. Know what you want

Rather than just aimlessly browsing through vehicle listings, make a list of what you want. Sedan or SUV? How important is good gas mileage? Safety features? Sharpening your list of must-haves will help narrow your search and make for a less intimidating and more efficient shopping experience. 


3. Research brands for used car value

Not all vehicles are built with the same level of durability, repair cost and depreciation. As a result, some brands make for better used cars than others. Do your research to learn which brands make for the best used cars


4. Shoot for certified pre-owned vehicles

A certified pre-owned vehicle has passed a rigorous inspection indicating that everything is in good working order and there shouldn’t be any surprises. A used vehicle that is not certified pre-owned is not necessarily a deal breaker, but it’s a good thing to shoot for whenever possible. 


5. Check the vehicle history report

A vehicle history report uncovers any previous accidents or serious repair work that a vehicle has undergone and is a valuable resource to find used cars in quality condition. 


Buy Your Used Car at Matthews Motors

Perhaps the best tip for buying a used car is to do so at a dealership rather than from a stranger. A used car dealership can provide certified pre-owned vehicles, financing, selection, and expertise that you won’t find from an individual seller. 


Matthews Motors has some of the best used cars for sale in Wilmington coupled with generous financing and a friendly and knowledgeable staff to help you in finding the best used car for your budget and needs. Plus, our auto care service takes care of you long after you leave the lot. 

Contact us or give us a call at (919) 739-4411 if you have any additional questions.