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 Greenville, SC

If you're looking to upgrade to a newer vehicle while still saving money, buying a used vehicle has its benefits. When buying used, there are considerations and factors to take into account that may vary from buying new. To learn more about the do's and don'ts of buying a used car, read our list below.

  1. Do Know Your Needs

    There is quite a variety of available features, amenities and body styles, making it difficult to know where to start in the car-buying process. We suggest narrowing down your specific needs, such as cargo space, towing capacity or passenger seating, as this will help you to begin determining what vehicle is right for you.
  2. Do Research

    Once you've determined which type of vehicle you want or need, a good idea is to make a list of deal-breakers in a used vehicle, such as not having certain amenities. You can then research different makes and models that have all the features you want.
  3. Do Know How Much You Can Afford

    Creating a budget is sometimes the most difficult part of buying a used car. You may have found a vehicle that hits every bullet point on your checklist of wants, but choosing a vehicle that fits your budget can be more difficult. When buying a vehicle, a common recommendation is to put about 20 percent down, limit the term of the loan to no more than 60 months and keep the monthly payment below 10 percent of your income. You should also take into consideration the cost of maintenance—both routine and unexpected. Some cars cost more to maintain than others.
  4. Don't Trade In A Car That's Worth Less Than You Owe On It

    A big burden? Negative equity. If you trade in a car that you still owe money for, the old loan may be consolidated into the new loan amount, creating one big loan. We suggest getting ahead by researching what your trade is potentially worth.
  5. Don't Rush Your Test-Drive

    When you test drive a vehicle, be sure to take your time to ensure you get a feel for how it handles—and that you actually enjoy the car. You should also ask questions, check out the car's features and look around the entire vehicle to make sure it fits your needs.

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 Audi Greenville at 200 Duvall Drive, Greenville, SC 29607. We look forward to serving our customers from Spartanburg, Anderson and throughout the Upstate.

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