What to Look For When Buying a Used Car

car for sale sign on a used vehicle


If you’re searching for a dependable and affordable vehicle, then you might have considered the choices at CDJR of Albertville. From our vast selection of used models to even certified Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram pre-owned vehicles, you might be a bit overwhelmed by the choices. You want to make sure that you’re getting a great deal on a vehicle that will still perform years after it leaves the lot. Because of this, you’ll likely be wondering what many Boaz drivers are wondering, which is what to look for when buying a used car. That’s where the team at CDJR of Albertville comes in handy, as we’ll make you make the choice of your next vehicle in confidence. 

What to Look Out for When Buying a Used Car

Before you narrow down your decision and select a vehicle for the roads of Guntersville, you need to know what to look for in a used car. Below, we have created a list of key areas of consideration when looking for a new-to-you vehicle. 

  1. Check under the hood – Pop open the hood of the vehicle to make sure there is no debris that could hurt the performance of the vehicle. 
  2. Listen to the engine – While the hood is open, start the car so you can hear how the engine sounds. 
  3. Check the tires – Check the tread depth of the tires to ensure that it meets safety recommendations. It is also a good idea to look for uneven wear patterns, which can be an indication that other issues may be present. 
  4. Look for damage to the exterior – Check the vehicle from top to bottom for scratches, dents, rust, etc. 
  5. Perform an inspection of the interior – Check for damage to the upholstery, carpet, seats, and dashboard. 
  6. Look at the odometer – It is important to know how many miles a vehicle has on its odometer. Think about how long you plan on driving this vehicle around Gadsden.
  7. Check for leaking fluids – This is another area that could indicate an issue with the vehicle. If a vehicle is leaking water, it could simply be condensation from the A/C system. However, if the fluid is a different color other than clear, you will want to know the root cause of the leak. 
  8. Set up a test drive – The best way to see if a vehicle is right for you is to take it for a spin. See how it handles, find out whether the controls are placed intuitively, and make sure the seats are comfortable for long drives around Albertville and beyond. 

Find More Car Buying Tips Today at CDJR of Albertville

Our selection of car buying tips make it easier than ever to find the right car for you at the price that works best. Contact us today with any questions that you still have about the car buying process, or any of the vehicles in our inventory.

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