Do's and Don'ts of Buying a Used Car | Hendersonville NC | Near Asheville, Waynesville & Spartanburg

The do's and don'ts of buying a used car
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Do's & Don'ts Of Buying A Used Car in Hendersonville, NC

If you want to upgrade your ride while saving money, purchasing a used vehicle is a great option. However, there are different factors you'll need to consider when you're buying used instead of new. We want to help you navigate the shopping process. Keep reading to learn the do's and don'ts of buying a used car.

  1. Do Know Your Needs

    Having too many options when it comes to body styles, features and amenities can make it difficult to know where to start in your search for a used car. Put some thought into categories like how much cargo space, passenger seating or towing capacity you need. This will make narrowing down what type of vehicle you want much easier.
  2. Do Research

    Once you've narrowed down the type of vehicle, make a list of deal-breakers to avoid in a used vehicle. Then, research various models and makes that have the amenities and features that you want.
  3. Do Know How Much You Can Afford

    Setting your budget can be challenging. You may have found a car with everything you want, but choosing one that you can afford can be more difficult. When buying a new vehicle, it's recommended that you put about 20 percent down, limit the term to no more than 60 months and keep your monthly payment below 10 percent of your income. You'll also need to consider the cost of regular and unexpected maintenance. Some cars cost more than others.
  4. Don't Trade In A Car That's Worth Less Than You Owe On It

    You don't want to end up with the burden of negative equity. The balance of your old loan may be consolidated into the new car's loan amount, meaning you could be paying the debt of two cars in one, big loan. To avoid this pitfall, research what your trade may be worth ahead of time.
  5. Don't Rush Your Test-Drive

    It's important to get a good feeling for how a car drives and be sure you like it before making a purchase. That's why you should never rush your test drive. Ask questions, try out the different features and look around the vehicle. Make sure the car has enough space for everything you need.

If you have any questions about what you need to do before buying a used car or would like to test drive any of our quality used cars, please feel free to contact us or stop by Hunter Subaru at 2520 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 28791. We look forward to serving our customers from Asheville, Waynesville and Spartanburg.

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