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Monday, June 6, 2016

Why an Informed Buyer Always Gets the Best Deal

The debate over buying new or used vehicles is one that has waged for as long as car dealerships have lined the streets.  Fortunately, the truth has been around just as long. And the truth is that the decision to buy a new or used vehicle is a personal one with many factors to consider. But for those looked into a used car, there are things to examine that will determine whether or not they get the best deal for their unique needs. Let’s take a look:

  • The Test Drive.  One of the advantages Autoland has over other used car dealers in NJ is our location. Our test drives provide the opportunity for drivers to test the vehicle on both local roads and highways. This is very important as you will want to gauge the feel of the vehicle in different driving conditions. Be sure to keep the radio off during the test drive as you will want to listen for any strange noises that could tip you off to potential issues.
  • Looks Matter. You may be purchasing a used vehicle, but you deserve a car that you’re proud to call your own. Take a good hard look at the inside and outside of the vehicle. Is the upholstery in good shape? Has the car been in an accident and the repairs left the car looking beat up or worn? It’s not to say that a minor fender bender is a reason to call off a deal, but you should consider the appearance. You’ll only be truly happy if you are proud of the vehicle you’re driving.
  • Consider The Reputation. Toyota’s are infamous for their value. The brand offers some of the most sought after used vehicles, because people trust that a Toyota will run well year after year. Consider the make and model of the used car you’re examining. Read up on how other people are faring with their similar used vehicle – it will provide a good indicator of what you can expect.
  • Get Down!  It’s never a bad idea to ask your dealer to let the car run in a parking spot, so you can check underneath for any leaking oils. A certified pre-owned Toyota comes with maintenance that ensures that fluids are fine, but it’s still worth checking for reassurance.
  • Ask for a Vehicle History Report. Knowledge is power may be a cliché, but it’s a fact in the automotive world. The more you know about your vehicle, the better off you’ll be. Get a report from Car Fax or a similar service and feel excited about your next used car purchase.

The only way the prep done before you purchased a used car is worth it is if you take care of your car after you leave the lot. Take advantage of preventative maintenance and be sure to keep a watchful eye on tire pressure levels. When you love a Toyota vehicle, it’s likely to love you back for the long haul.

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