What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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Shopping for a car can be a stressful process if you’re not prepared. If you’re considering buying a pre-owned car and are wondering what to ask when buying a used car, you can find the help you need from the sales associates at Lexus of Cerritos. We can help you prepare for your car shopping experience with our guide on what to look for when buying a used car in Cerritos!

Buying a Used Car From a Dealer

Buying a used car offers numerous benefits beyond a lower car payment, including lower insurance costs and a larger variety of models within your price range. However, you still need to know what to look for when buying a used car in order to make a purchase that you’ll enjoy for years to come. Follow our steps below when shopping for your next used car:

  • Set a Budget: Ideally, your monthly car payment shouldn’t take more than 10% of your income. You’ll also want to factor repairs and maintenance into your costs. 
  • Find the Right Used Car: Make a list of your needs vs. wants and know what you’re willing to compromise on. Then you can start pricing vehicles that meet your needs and budget to see what’s available in your area. 
  • Test Drive and Inspect the Models: Along with taking a test drive in Cerritos, you’ll want to closely examine the car, as well as make sure it’s inspected by a trusted mechanic. 
  • Used Car Financing: Once you’ve found your vehicle, you’ll need to complete the financing process. The Lexus of Cerritos finance center can help you trade in your current vehicle and secure an auto loan

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car in Cerritos

  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • Are there any current recalls on the vehicle?
  • Is there a history of maintenance?
  • Can I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?
  • What is the ownership history?
  • What is the vehicle’s mileage?
  • Do the amenities and features work?
  • Is the car as is, or is it under warranty?
  • How will this vehicle impact your insurance premiums?

Get More Car Buying Tips Today With Lexus of Cerritos

If you’re ready to get a new-to-you car near Cerritos, you can find a variety of used cars available today at Lexus of Cerritos. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly option under $10k or are interested in the benefits that come with CPO models, you can find it at our dealership near Long Beach. 


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