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

Time for an upgrade? You don't have to buy new to get a great vehicle. There are many benefits to buying used, especially if you're looking to save. But when it comes to shopping for a pre-owned vehicle, there are a few things that you'll want to keep in mind before you head to the dealership. Below are a lists of do's and don'ts to serve as a guide in the car shopping process.

  1. Do Know Your Needs

    There are so many varieties of body styles, features and amenities available, that it can feel overwhelming to know where to start in the used car-buying process. But if you narrow down categories like how much cargo space, seating or towing capacity you need, you'll begin to figure out what kind vehicle is best for you.
  2. Do Research

    When you've narrowed down the kind of vehicle you want, create a list of features that you want to avoid when shopping for a used vehicle. Then, research various models and makes that provide all the amenities and features that you do want.
  3. Do Know How Much You Can Afford

    Making a budget can pose the greatest obstacle. It may be easy to find the perfect vehicle, but choosing one that you can afford may be more difficult. When financing, 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. Make sure that you also consider the cost of regular and unplanned maintenance, as some cars' maintenance costs more than others.
  4. Don't Trade In A Car That's Worth Less Than You Owe On It

    Negative equity can be a heavy burden. The balance of your previous loan may be combined with the newer car's loan, meaning you may have to pay the debt of two cars in a single, enormous loan. Research what your trade may be worth before you go to the dealership.
  5. Don't Rush Your Test-Drive

    Take your time when test-driving a potential vehicle to get a feel for how it drives and to make sure that you truly enjoy the car. Ask plenty of questions, try out the various features and inspect the interior and exterior. Also, 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 Nissan at 1340 Spartanburg Highway, Hendersonville, NC 28792. We look forward to serving our customers from Asheville, Waynesville and Spartanburg.

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