How to Shop for a Used Car in Oklahoma City

2020 Volkswagen Passat

If you are looking for a used or certified pre-owned vehicle for your Norman drives, it can seem like a daunting task. How can you know whether the vehicle is in the best shape and ready to handle your commute? If you are a first-time car buyer or you haven’t bought a used car before, there are some tips you can follow to guide you on your search. If you still need help after reviewing our used car buying checklist, feel free to contact us at any point.

What to Do When Purchasing a Used Car From a Dealership

There are quite a few benefits to buying a used car: lower price and accessible technology. While you’re searching for the right used car for your Edmond drives, you can find plenty of options from Allen Samuels Volkswagen that fit your budget. Here are some steps for how to buy a used car from a dealer like us here at Allen Samuels Volkswagen:

  • Set a Budget: Consider the balance between cost to buy and cost to own, future repairs, new tires, routine maintenance, and monthly loan payments. A tip to keep in mind, a monthly payment shouldn’t exceed 10% of your monthly income. Use our payment calculator to see what you can afford.
  • Find the Right Used Car: Consider your budget, average mileage, and some of the key requirements like the vehicle history report. We’ll cover what else to check for when buying a used car in the next section. Do a deep dive into the reliability reviews from sites like Edmunds or KelleyBlueBook, and compare what price the vehicle sold for in your area.
  • Test Drive and Inspect the Models: Finding the right used car that matches your style and expectations can take time. Be sure to thoroughly inspect the vehicle and have it inspected by a trusted mechanic, and take it out for a test drive to verify the performance you’re taking on Oklahoma City-area roads.
  • Used Car Financing and Other Fees: Once you’ve found a used car that works, take your time to explore your loan options, and be sure to factor in other fees and credits like state sales tax, registration fees, and the trade-in value of your previous vehicle. When completing the deal you’ll also want to make sure you’re covered with any applicable warranties and car insurance plans.

Used Car Buying Checklist: Questions to Ask When Shopping Pre-Owned

It can seem hard to narrow down whether a used car is a good purchase or not, but there are questions that may help. If you are in the process of buying a new vehicle ask these questions:

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

What is Good Mileage for a Used Car?

You may be surprised to learn that a newer car with high mileage may be a better choice than a low-mileage older car. Start with our guide, What is Good Mileage On A Used Car?. Then consider these when you are going to buy a used car:

  • If the car wasn’t driven regularly, it may have higher repair costs. Problems with rubber seals and gaskets and other mechanical issues can develop if the car isn’t driven frequently.
  • A well-documented maintenance history is preferable to a vehicle that has been neglected.
  • Low mileage can be equated to a higher price tag.

Learn More About What to Look for When Buying a Used Car from Allen Samuels Volkswagen

Still having trouble narrowing down your options after using our used car buying checklist? Check out our selection of used cars, then chat with our finance team to learn how to save even more money on your next vehicle. We can’t wait to meet you! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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