Five used car buying mistakes to avoid

"car shopping tips"When you’re out shopping for a used car, it can feel like you’re being pulled in a million different directions. There are so many different things to think about before you actually drop that down payment and put your name on the title! However, we like to keep things simple at Toyota of N Charlotte, so we’ve taken the time to compile a list of some of the most common used car buying mistakes we see here at our dealership. Check it out!

Don’t make these mistakes when shopping for a used car

Mistake #1: Not taking a test drive. Taking a test drive in the Charlotte used car you’re considering is always a safe bet. This allows you to sit in the driver’s seat so you can make sure the interior is comfortable and ergonomic, as well as see how the car actually rides when you take it out on the road. You’ll be able to make sure all the gadgets work, as well as look out for odd sounds and smells. Basically, you can pinpoint any problems BEFORE you take the car home with you and save yourself money and a headache.

Mistake #2: Focusing only on price or payment, not both. You should never focus on just the price or just the payment. Both are important to consider. You should always consider a used car’s price to ensure you’re paying the amount of money you should in regards to the car’s value. However, consider the monthly payment, too. Toyota of N Charlotte reminds you that the payment will include financing, so make sure you get the right finance rate for your budget!

Mistake #3: Not making lists. You should always make lists when shopping used cars in Charlotte. You need to make a list of must-have requirements for your car, as well as a list of items you’d LIKE to have but aren’t necessarily dealbreakers. This will help you narrow your selection before you start shopping, but also help you find similar cars on the lot if the car you were looking for turns out to be a dud.

Toyota of N Charlotte can keep your car buying experience easy breezy

Mistake #4: Not checking for recalls or reading reviews. Before you buy a preowned car in Charlotte, you should definitely do some online research to read reviews from real drivers, as well as see if any recalls have been issued for the model you’re looking at. Again, this can save you time and money!

Mistake #5: Going outside of your budget. Be sure to think about the overall costs of owning a car before you sign the dotted line. Monthly payment is important, but also think about insurance costs, fuel costs, and maintenance costs for the specific vehicle you want!

Start shopping today – we have tons of used vehicles here at Toyota of N Charlotte for you to consider! Come see us at 13429 Statesville Road, just off I-77 at exit 23. We’re open seven days a week!

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