Let’s make the used-car-buying experience an enjoyable one. Instead of being stressed out by the prospect of making a purchase, you can strut into the dealership confidently. Of course, it’s important to keep several things in mind as you’re shopping for your used ride.
We’re going to assume that every person who’s pursuing a used vehicle isn’t a mechanic. However, just because you may not be savvy when it comes to the inner workings of a vehicle, it doesn’t mean you can’t give a targeted used vehicle a proper inspection.
In fact, it’s relatively easy to check whether the essential aspects of a used car are working properly. A simple test drive will alert the driver of any mechanical issues that may be lingering under the hood. Whether you hear an odd sound or notice that (for instance) the vehicle is struggling to accelerate, it could be an indication that the vehicle has some repair-worthy mechanical issues. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you shouldn’t pursue that specific car, but it does mean that you could subtract some money off of the asking price.
Next, you’ll want to take a visual inspection of the vehicle. While cosmetic indiscretions like dents and chipped paint may be jarring, they’re nothing to get worked up over. Rather, you’ll be looking for cosmetic cues that indicate that something may be faulty with the mechanical aspects of the car. For instance, inconsistent upholstery is a major warning sign of water damage. The water tends to ruin the interior materials, and they’re hard to cover up with your standard carpet cleaners. As a result, some untrustworthy seller may attempt to replace the damaged upholstery with new materials. Now, we’re not overly concerned about the upholstery; rather, if the materials have experienced water damage, there’s a good chance the engine, battery, and other essential aspects of the vehicle have also suffered.
Finally, while it may sound silly, you’ll want to see if the seller took the time to clean the interior (and preferably exterior) of their car. If the inside of the used vehicle is full of dirt and grime, it should be a major sign that the previous owner didn’t care much about the car. If they couldn’t take the time to vacuum out the inside of their vehicle, who’s to say that they took proper care of the car’s mechanical aspects? While a dirty interior isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, we’d be wary of the inside of a targeted used car that’s littered with trash.
When all is said and done, a customer can only do so much when it comes to a personal inspection. If you’re still skeptical of a targeted used car’s condition, send it to a trustworthy mechanic… they’ll be able to give you a fair, unbiased assessment of the car.
Of course, when you’re shopping for a used car from Faricy, you won’t have to be overly concerned with this checklist (especially the water damage). However, it’s always good to keep these lessons in the back of your mind whenever you’re shopping for a used vehicle.
This may sound apparent , as you’re obviously looking for the best value as you’re shopping for a used car. However, customers may be unaware of the number of resources that are only a click away.
Customers can rely on an assortment of online price guides as they’re attempting to gauge the proper value of a targeted used car. Kelley Blue Book is one of the more popular options, but customers can also explore unconventional routes like eBay and Craigslist. Oftentimes, these sites will allow visitors to browse completed transactions, allowing them to see what particular cars have sold for.
You can trust that Faricy has the best prices in the area, but it’s always a good idea to refer to those resources whenever you’re shopping for a used car.
CPOs (Certified Pre-Owned)
While we’d suggest ignoring the ‘lack-of-reliability’ stigma that tends to surround used cars, there are still customers who will refuse to pursue these logical options. Fortunately, Faricy has options for those who may not have the budget for a new car but are still a bit wary of standard used cars.
Certified pre-owned vehicles are backed by the brand or dealership, as they’ve undergone a long, tedious inspection process to assure they’re fit for the lot. Every mechanical and technological aspect of the vehicle will be working properly, and they’ll come at a discounted price compared to their newer counterparts.
These certified pre-owned vehicles shouldn’t only be interpreted as an alternative to used vehicles. They also provide a great alternative to newer cars. If you’ve been targeting a special (and potentially pricey) addition to your upcoming purchase, you may be better positioned to afford a CPO than a new ride.
Don’t overthink it. If you’re looking for the best dealership in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area, you can’t do better than Faricy. See why you should be opting for your next used car at this dealership.
You’re surely familiar with Faricy’s unbeatable prices, but you might not know about their vast inventory. Our dealership is fully stocked with a number of used options, providing logical targets for those on a budget.
The dealership has dozens of used vehicles for sale, including cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs. We also have an assortment of certified pre-owned vehicles, allowing them to appeal to a wide range of customers.
Of course, our dealership also has hundreds of new vehicles sitting on their lot, and our unbeatable prices means you should at least give these options a quick look as you’re shopping for a ride.
Faricy doesn’t only want to be with you throughout your buying experience. Rather, we’ll be at your side throughout the ownership of your vehicle, as the business provides a number of services that will come in handy.
Specifically, our trustworthy service department can repair any issues that you may come across with your used ride. Our expertise is second to none, and their fair and reasonable pricing means you won’t find a better alternative elsewhere. There’s also a parts department if you want to complete any basic maintenance yourself.
We also have a finance department, providing an option for those who may need some help financing their new ride. Even if your credit isn’t in the best shape, Faricy will surely find a payment plan that makes sense for everyone.
Forget having to miss work or important events in order to shop for a used car. Faricy’s flexible hours makes it easy to visit whenever works best for you.
Our sales department is open six days a week starting at 8 am, and we’re open until 8 pm throughout the work week. Whether you want to stop in before work or during the weekend, you’ll have plenty of free time to browse their selection of vehicles.