Shopping for a used car can be a simple and easy process — if you know what to look for. Maybe you’ve only ever bought a new. Perhaps this is your first car in general. Either way, follow these tips when you search for a used car at Fred Anderson Kia of Raleigh in North Carolina. We’ll get you out on the road in no time.

Top 3 Tips For Buying a Used Car

Do your research

According to Kelley Blue Book, used car shoppers often don’t perform enough research. That means when they arrive at the dealership, they might settle for a vehicle that doesn’t satisfy their needs or fit into their budget.

When you know what you’re looking for, narrowing down your car search is easier. And when you’re looking for a few specific vehicles rather than exploring the entire car lot, it helps you stick to a price point that works for your budget.

Pop open the hood

After you find a vehicle that looks good on the outside, it’s time to explore the interior. It’s always important to open up the hood and examine the mechanical components that make the car run. Do you notice rusted parts or debris? Are pieces worn away or damaged?

Make sure to ask the salesperson about any issues under the hood, and request a vehicle history report for greater reassurance. When you know about past collisions, damages, and repairs, you can feel more confident about making the decision to buy.

After inspecting the engine, hop inside the cabin and look around for any major signs of wear and tear. Turn the car on, and check that all interior technologies are working. Ask the salesperson if any features are missing or broken.

Take a test drive

You won’t know whether the car is right for you unless you take it for a spin around the block. While driving, ask the salesperson about any safety features and other added amenities that come standard on the vehicle.

When a buyer orders a new car, they can customize the vehicle to their liking. When shopping for used, you take what you get. Test driving the car also gives you a feel for the handling and performance. When you’re behind the wheel, you can imagine whether or not this car is right for you.

Shop Quality Used Vehicles in Raleigh, NC

Interested in used cars for sale in Raleigh, NC? Stop by Fred Anderson Kia of Raleigh to explore our inventory of used and certified pre-owned vehicles today. Visit our dealership or call (919) 858-6626 for more information.