What to Look for When Buying a Used Car
When you’re in the market for a pre-owned vehicle, it’s smart to take your time to find something you know is going to last you for years to come. After all, this is a big investment that should benefit your life and make your commutes in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley easier and more fun. To ensure you not only get a great deal, but peace of mind as well, heading to a dealership is your best bet.
At Land Rover Albuquerque, we have an incredible selection of reliable used models waiting to be driven off the lot. Although, how do you know which is one right for you? To help you in the process, we’ve created a guide on what to look for when buying a used car. Keep reading below to learn more and contact us with any questions.
One of the most important aspects to consider when searching for a used vehicle is the mileage. Cars with fewer miles on their odometer are going to meet your needs for longer than those that have driven more frequently. Even older models with low mileage are proven to last longer, allowing you to drive your vehicle well into the future.
A good rule of thumb to go by is this: the average driver commutes 12,000 to 15,000 miles a year. So, if you’re interested in a used car that is three years old, the mileage should be around 36,000 to 45,000 miles. If it is higher, it might be time to investigate another model with less time on the road.
Vehicle History Report
Knowing the backstory of a used vehicle can shine a ton of light on how it drives and if it might have issues in the future. By obtaining a CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™, you can see into your car’s past, so you’re able to ask well-formed questions at the dealership.
In this report, you’ll find out if the vehicle has been in any accidents or collisions, what type of damage the car suffered from (if any), and when and where it has been sold. If the vehicle has been in multiple states or has been bought or sold many times, this could raise a red flag.
Along with how often it’s been on the road, it’s also beneficial to look for a used vehicle that is younger in age. This gives you a chance to still have some high-tech advancements both inside your vehicle as well as under the hood. It also presents mechanics with an easier time maintaining it and fixing it down the line, as newer parts are more readily available and less expensive than older ones.
Look for used cars that around three to five years old or so. At this time, most vehicles are not fully depreciated yet, meaning you may still have warranty coverage. Even if manufacturer backing is not available, it gives you peace of mind that during its recent coverage, it was repaired and maintained when needed.
Find Your Used Car at Land Rover Albuquerque
After learning what to look for in a used car, it’s time to begin your search for the pre-owned vehicle of your dreams for your drives around Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley. Whether you wish to browse our inventory in person or are ready to schedule a test drive, head on over to our dealership today. See you on the lot!