Your Guide to Used Car Buying

September 20th, 2019 by

A red 2017 Jeep Wrangler, which is popular among used car in Colorado Springs, CO, is driving on a dirt backroad.

If you’re shopping for a used car in Colorado Springs, or anywhere else in the Colorado area, there are certainly some characteristics and features that you ought to be on the lookout for. At the Faricy Boys of Colorado Springs, we understand all the ins and outs of car buying and also value the importance of having a car that not only matches your drive style but your lifestyle as well. No matter if you’re from our neck of the woods, or beyond, we’re always excited to help our customers find the car that fits their preferences like a glove. Of all the car buyers that pass in and out of our dealership, used car buyers often face the greatest challenge, as they have a much wider variety of cars to choose from. Fortunately, our team of retail experts is here to help ease the burden of shopping for a preowned vehicle.

What Kind of Vehicle Should You Look For?

Colorado Springs offers some pretty breathtaking sights, from the spectacular rock formations of the Garden of the Gods to the crystal waters of the Broadmoor Seven Falls. Situated at the breathtaking elevation of 6,035 feet, it is a unique environment that comes with its share of challenges. For instance, during the month of January, average temperatures can drop as low as 17º Fahrenheit, which can be hard on any vehicle. Couple that drop in temperature with an average of 57 inches of snowfall per year, and you have a locale that is just as demanding on its vehicles as it is beautiful.

Fortunately, it is not all bad. Here at the Faricy Boys, we offer a wide variety of vehicles that are up to the task of Colorado Springs driving, and can even handle the worst the cold seasons can throw at them. One of the things we suggest when purchasing a vehicle for our local area is to have all-wheel-drive (AWD), or four-wheel-drive (4WD) capability. While your standard front-wheel (FWD) or rear-wheel (RWD) drivetrain may be able to take on some of the lighter weather conditions, you’ll likely find yourself struggling especially when the worst of winter bares down.

That said, there is a wide range of vehicles that we suggest for this kind of driving, many of which are bound to satisfy any and all of your automotive needs.

What Jeep Has to Offer

Of all the vehicles best suited for the Colorado countryside, it’s the rugged Jeep SUV. The Jeep family lineup is remarkably diverse, including vehicles like the Jeep Wrangler, a powerful utility vehicle that can’t be beaten when it comes to off-road superiority. The Jeep Wrangler is the flagship of the Jeep family and is fully capable of handling the worst Colorado can throw at it. What makes the Wrangler truly unique is the open-air design found in a variety of models. When the weather is great, you can take off down the road completely door-less so that you can feel as close to the great outdoors as possible. Why is the Jeep Wrangler a superior off-road vehicle? Well, that is due in part to the specific design of the Wrangler, and the intuitive off-road software which allows drivers to seamlessly adjust their drivetrain based on the terrain that they’re crossing. If you’re really looking for the ultimate versatile vehicle, you can go all out and purchase the Jeep Wrangler Sahara, which takes off-road capability to the next level with a robust suspension and shock system.

Then again, some drivers are looking for something a little more practical and familiar. In that case, we’d suggest the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the larger, much less aggressive member of the Jeep family. Although, that’s not to say that the Jeep Grand Cherokee is any ordinary SUV. The Jeep Grand Cherokee comes in seven different potential trim options the Laredo, Limited, Trailhawk, Overland, Summit, SRT, and Trackhawk. While built like any ordinary family-sized SUV, the Jeep Grand Cherokee offers an impressive 4×4 drivetrain in the Trailhawk trim option. The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk is an impressive fit for the Colorado Springs area, offering the same intuitive off-road system found in the Jeep Wrangler with a little less capability. And with most modern models sporting a max cargo space of 68.3 cubic feet, you certainly won’t be disappointed in terms of the vehicle’s sizing.

A white 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, popular among used car in Colorado Springs, CO, is driving on a highway with trees close by.

Subaru, the Brand for Outdoor Enthusiasts

While Jeep certainly has its appeal, there are some drivers who may not resonate with what the brand has to offer. In this case, we’d suggest Subaru as a potential alternative. The Subaru family lineup is a perfect fit for drivers who like the idea of a Jeep, but want something a little more modest. Take for instance, the Subaru Crosstrek, a sleek crossover equipped with an AWD drivetrain that delivers some pretty incredible handling. The Subaru Crosstrek is a great fit for families who want a little more peace of mind when tackling the road during the winter but aren’t looking to hit any off-road trails any time soon.

Alternatively, not all Subaru enthusiasts are looking for the sizing of a Crosstrek, and in that case, we’d urge them towards the even more modest Subaru Impreza, a hatchback sedan with all the trimmings of an SUV. Couple that with the availability of an AWD drivetrain, and you have a great option for the Colorado Springs commuter or eager college student.

What RAM Brings to the Table

Some Colorado natives want something with a little more utility power than can be offered from either Jeep or Subaru. These are the kind of drivers that are looking for a true workhorse, something that can deliver both on and off the pavement, and won’t shy away from heavy lifting. In this case, we’d point them in the direction of a RAM truck.

The RAM truck is legendary in the industry offering unprecedented power, and a degree of customization that is mind-boggling. What makes the RAM truck a great fit for Colorado drivers is the availability of a 4WD drivetrain. For instance, check out the RAM 1500. While the smallest of the RAM truck family, even the runt manages to offer a fantastic package, with its 67.2-inch truck bed and a wide variety of cab styles.

Although, if you’re looking for a RAM pickup with some true power, we will point out something like the RAM 2500 which at its max can pack a V8 engine, which is bound to offer a considerable amount of horsepower, torque, and towing power to the table. With the option of a 4WD drivetrain, you can rest assured that the RAM 2500 is up to take on even the worst of the Colorado winter.

How The Faricy Boys Colorado Springs Can Help

At the Faricy Boys in Colorado Springs, we’re always trying to push the envelope in terms of our services and customer satisfaction. Our goal is to help you find a car that you not only love but simply cannot get enough of. We offer an expansive pre-owned selection of vehicles from some of the industry’s top brands and will walk with you every step of the way to help you find that perfect fit. We understand the difficulties of used car buying and will ensure that you leave our dealership behind the wheel of something that fits all of your driving preference.