What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

What to Look for When Buying a Used Car


Purchasing a used car is a thrilling adventure. You get to browse the showroom, learn about the exciting features offered with each vehicle, and much more. Before you can take to the streets of Milford, Manchester, and Middletown, CT, in your new-to-you car, however, you need to decide exactly what you want.

That’s where we at Key Cars come in. We’ve created this used car buying guide to explain what to look for when buying a used car. Ready to get started? Keep reading!


Vehicle Shopping

1). The Body Style to Match Your Needs

Before anything else, you need to decide which body style matches your needs. Are you looking for something small like a coupe, or are you in need of something larger for your growing family, like a full-size SUV?

Something else you should consider is which drivetrain is right for you. Do you need all-wheel drive capabilities or will front- or rear-wheel drive satisfy your needs?


Looking inside Vehicle

2). Interior & Exterior

Now that you’ve decided on the body style and drivetrain that matches your needs, you can search for the design you’re looking for. Start thinking of the color you want.

Remember, your used car is an extension of your personality. It’ll be the first thing people see when you’re driving around, so make sure the exterior design and your personality match up.

On the inside, you’ll want to look for a vehicle that has the upholstery you’re looking for. For example, do you want a fabric interior or leather upholstery? Also, do you want extra technology, comfort, and mood-enhancing features—like heated seats, Apple CarPlay®/Android Auto™ integration, or built-in Wi-Fi? Now’s the time to start looking for those.


Looking at Vehicles Online

3). Vehicle History Report

When buying a used car, having quick access to the vehicle’s history is essential. This way, you know all about the vehicle’s past before you make any decisions.

In a vehicle history report, you’ll see a breakdown of the vehicle’s maintenance history, the number of drivers, how many miles each driver put on the car, and if the vehicle was involved in any collisions. When you find a car or two you like, make sure to ask if a vehicle history report is available.


Test Drive

4). Specials & Promotions

Interested in driving your dream car? Make sure to ask if there are any current specials or promotions offered. These types of specials typically rotate from month to month, sometimes more frequently, so there are always new specials to take advantage of!

5). Take a Test Drive

The final step before you move forward with the purchase of a used car is to take it for a test drive. The test drive is a way for you to really get a feel for the car and how it operates. You’ll see how you feel driving it, as well as how it handles on the road.

When going out for a test drive, make sure to take it for a spin on a variety of road types. Check out both residential and highway driving to get the most out of your test drive.


Find Your Dream Used Car Today

Now that you know more about what to look for when buying a used car, you’re ready to start your search for your dream car that’ll give your Milford, Manchester, and Middletown, Connecticut, travels the upgrade you seek. Luckily for you, our dealership is always equipped with a variety of used cars you’re sure to love.

Browse our inventory online, then visit us at Key Cars to find your dream car today!


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