When it's time to find a used car, there are a lot of factors that you'll want to consider to make sure that your search is fruitful and that you land a high-quality and reliable vehicle. At Richmond Ford Lincoln, we're here to help our friends and neighbors in Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland get the most out of their experience by giving them some used car buying tips. These tips will help you find a vehicle that's perfect for you and your lifestyle!

Used Car Buying Tip #1: Setting Your Budget

Before heading out and starting to visit a dealership, you'll want to have a few parameters set. First, you'll want to decide on what you're willing to spend on a used car. In order to know what you're willing to spend, it helps to do some research online to see what's available, so you can see what the going rate is for your favorite pre-owned models.

  • Use dealership search filters to browse inventory based on price.
  • Use the payment calculator to figure out how much you'll need to spend on a down payment.
  • Determine if the factored monthly payments are feasible for your budget.

Used Car Buying Tip #2: Run a Vehicle History Report

Checking a vehicle's history is crucial to making the right decision toward a used car. It'll allow you to get a sense of how the vehicle was cared for by its previous owner, as well as if it was kept up on maintenance and service. After all, a well-maintained vehicle can last you longer.

  • Look for service records.
  • Check how many owners the vehicle had (if it had a few in a short span of time, move onto another model).
  • Check for any accidents or collisions.

Used Car Buying Tip #3: Look for a Great Deal

When it's time to get started, finding the right dealership is just as important as finding your next car. Some dealers offer great incentives for buying used cars. At our used car dealership, we have a few benefits in place for drivers looking to purchase a pre-owned vehicle, such as a 72-hour exchange policy, low-rate financing, and even a 100,000-mile warranty. If you're looking for quality with your used car purchase, you may want to consider checking out our Ford Certified Pre-Owned inventory! These models:

  • Go through a 172-point inspection.
  • Get a 12-month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty.
  • Get a 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.

Used Car Buying Tip #4: Review the Vehicle In-Person

One of the best ways to decide on the right used car is by giving it a closer look. When you head to the dealership to see it, you'll want to carefully inspect the exterior to look for any signs of wear or damage. If it all looks good, you're ready for the next step: the test drive.

Test driving the vehicle is a huge step in the process. It allows you to assess the performance and handling of the vehicle while you're getting a closer look at its interior features and style. Once you've completed the test drive, you'll know if it's the right car for you.

At Richmond Ford Lincoln, we're happy to help our friends in Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland along on their used car buying journey with a few tips to help them along the way! You can drop by our dealership and get started on browsing for your next car or contact our team for more information. Happy shopping!


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