What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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A pre-owned ride is a great way to elevate your East Baton Rouge drive without breaking the bank or going over budget, and that’s why our team is here to help you zero in a vehicle that checks all the boxes. Whether you’ve got a certain model in mind or want to keep your choices open, learn how to sight the right price, mileage, and more on your potential next ride. Get a closer look at what to look for when buying a used car and then shop our inventory for your next ride at Acura of Baton Rouge today!

Buying a Used Car Checklist

Among our pre-owned models at Acura of Baton Rouge you can ensure you’ll find a vehicle that fits perfectly with your budget such as cars under 10K for sale and so much more. To help you get started, here’s our buying a used car checklist below:

  • Set a Budget: Know how much you’re willing to spend before shopping. Not only should the price of the car be included in the budget, but also taxes, warranties, possible repairs, etc. Use our payment calculator to see your monthly payment with car prices to see if they are reasonable for you. From there, set a limit on what you’re willing to spend so your search only includes vehicles within your budget. 
  • Find the Right Used Car: Now it’s time to factor in other expectations for your used vehicle. How much mileage is acceptable for you? Are you okay with a car having a previous accident? How much are you willing to put into repairs? Do you want a certified pre-owned vehicle? Answering these questions will help you narrow down your search to a select few cars. Doing so allows you to test drive cars that you know fit your expectations on paper instead of every car you like.
  • Test Drive and Inspect the Models: Time to test drive! Once you’ve narrowed down your options to just a few cars, visit the dealership and test drive the car! While driving, listen for any noises the car makes and determine if you’re comfortable driving the car. You can also have it professionally inspected for any mechanical or electrical issues.  
  • Used Car Financing and Other Fees: Some people prefer to be preapproved for an auto loan from their banks before selecting a vehicle. Another option is to take advantage of the auto loans with the dealership. Be sure to explore all of your options and compare interest rates to see which loan works best for you. 

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car is a big decision and requires plenty of thorough work to determine the right match. That’s why it’s encouraged to as a range of questions so you can get the best model for your Ascension and Livingston travels. Here’s an idea of what to ask when buying a used car below: 

  • How was the vehicle priced?
  • Do you have the title in hand?
  • What is the vehicle’s mileage?
  • What is the ownership history?
  • Is there a history of maintenance?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • Is the car as is, or is it under warranty?
  • Are there any current recalls on the vehicle?
  • Can I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?
  • Does this vehicle affect your insurance premiums?
  • Do the amenities and features work like they’re supposed to?

Find the Right Used Vehicle for Sale at Acura of Baton Rouge

Now that you’ve seen our buying used car checklist, you’ll have the knowledge to select the perfect ride for your Livingston travels. Shop for a used car for sale at Acura of Baton Rouge and explore how you can enjoy top savings with our rotating inventory of used vehicle specials or certified pre-owned models which come with their own great warranty coverage. Find more helpful auto finance tips and tricks as well as value your trade-in online from home to get started. Contact us today for more details on what to look for when buying a used car and stop by our dealership here in Baton Rouge!


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