How to Shop for a High-Quality Used Car

2019 Jaguar USA XJ

Are you looking to enhance your West Palm Beach commute with a high-quality used vehicle? Used car buying saves plenty of money, but sometimes it can feel like a labyrinthine process. That’s why Jaguar Palm Beach has a used car buying checklist that Boca Raton drivers can use when shopping for a used car so they can be sure they’re getting a good deal. Read on to learn how to shop for a used car!


Used Car Buying Checklist: Price

Besides using a handy Kelley Blue Book, what factors into the price of a used vehicle in Delray Beach? Used car buying for savings is a smart option. When you’re browsing for your ideal price, consider the following factors at play:

  • Condition: Especially when you’re buying a used car privately, the condition of a used vehicle can affect its price dramatically. Photos of the vehicle usually highlight this issue.
  • Mileage: A used vehicle can still serve you well if it has high mileage, depending on how and where it was driven by the previous owner.
  • Courtesy Vehicles: When shopping for a used car, consider courtesy vehicles or “demo vehicles,” which have been lightly used by the dealer, for additional savings.
  • Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles: While they can be pricier, Certified Pre-Owned vehicles offer many advantages for those shopping for a used car. These later-model vehicles have received a multi-point inspection from the manufacturer and come with warranty benefits.

Used Car Buying Checklist: Vehicle Repair and Service History

It’s simple enough to check the odometer and the age of a vehicle, but to truly understand the vehicle you’re thinking about owning, you need to dig a little deeper into your vehicle’s history. Here’s what should be on your used car buying checklist when it comes to history:

  • Carfax: More important than age is your vehicle’s maintenance and repair history. You’ll want to know if it has encountered mechanical problems or had any parts replaced. Vehicle history is also a reliable way to double-check other stats on the vehicle, like mileage.
  • Reliability: Companies like Consumer Reports and Kelley Blue Book rate the reliability of a vehicle based upon a number of factors that affect the value of your vehicle. Make sure to look up reliability scores for your chosen make and model.
  • Service: Whatever vehicle you choose, buying one from a dealership with a dedicated service center is always a good idea.

Used Car Buying Checklist: Finishing the Deal

After you’ve examined vehicles for price and history, all that’s left to do is see how it feels to drive. Here’s how to shop for a used car once you’re ready to buy:

  • Test Drive: No matter how great a used car looks on paper, you’ll have to test drive it to see if it is really a great fit for you. Schedule a visit to test drive a car!
  • Trim Levels: Almost every car has a variety of trim levels equipped with special safety and technology features. If you’re looking for specific amenities, make sure to ask about other trim levels for your model of choice.
  • Negotiation: Negotiating price is an important final step in the used car buying process. Used online tools to value your trade and save money.

Not finding anything when shopping for a used car? Consider the advantages of leasing or buying!

Shop for a High-Quality Used Car at Jaguar Palm Beach

At Jaguar Palm Beach, we provide West Palm Beach with an exceptional selection of used and CPO vehicles. Check out our pre-owned vehicle specials and CPO offers online. And contact us to take advantage of our many used car buying resources!

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