What to do After Buying a Used Car

What to do After Buying a Used Car


You did your research, took the test drive, and finally put your name on the dotted line. Congratulations! You’re the proud owner of a quality used car! Now what?

If you’re like most Milford, Manchester, and Middletown drivers, you’re probably wondering what to do after buying a used car? That’s why the team at Key Cars created this handy overview, so you can eventually drive away with complete confidence!


New Used Car Owner holding Up Car Keys

You’re a Used Car Owner! Now What?

Whether you scored your very first set of wheels or it’s been a few years since your last vehicle purchase, we’re here to help. The great news—we already handle most of what needs to be done! Let’s break things down into a few simple steps:


Financing Specialist help Transferring the Title and Registration

Step One: Transfer the Title and Registration

To officially own your used car, you’re required to transfer the title and submit registration to the state. Our financing specialists will help you complete and submit this paperwork before presenting you with temporary tags.

Over the next few weeks, your official registration card and tags will come to you by mail. It’s important you keep these items inside your used car and follow all state guidelines.

Step Two: Provide Proof of Insurance

In most states, you aren’t legally allowed to drive off the dealership lot without first fully insuring your used car. Your insurance coverage might vary depending on your vehicle’s type, age, and condition.

If you’re a first-time car buyer, it’s a wise move to shop around for rates which best fit your monthly budget. If you plan to trade in your current car, our finance center will work with your insurance provider to either transfer or revise your current policy.


Service Technicians

Step Three: Create a Maintenance Schedule

Hand-picked and fully inspected, our used car lot offers some of the highest quality used cars in the region. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can completely skip routine maintenance. To make sure your used car stays ready for the road ahead, take a moment to chat with our team of service pros.

Experienced and friendly, our pros can help design a schedule which best works for you. Our technicians provide key insight into your used car’s needs and can address any issues within a timely manner. Things you should plan for include:

  • Oil and filter changes
  • Tire rotations and replacement
  • Brake inspections
  • Exterior/interior bulb replacement
  • Engine and transmission service

Step Four: Browse Your Owner’s Manual

You officially own a used sedan, truck, or SUV! Now is the time to discover all the bells and whistles. Not only does your owner’s manual provide all the nitty-gritty details of your used car, but it also supplies important maintenance information along with safety instructions.


Start Your Used Car-Buying Journey!

At Key Cars, we’re dedicated to helping Milford, Manchester, and Middletown drivers fully enjoy their car-buying experience.

To take the next step, schedule a visit or stop by one of our showrooms today!


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