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What should I look for in a used vehicle?

Tips for buying a used car

At Ackerman Toyota, we have a great selection of Toyota and non-Toyota used vehicles. We ensure that every used vehicle we sell is maintained and conditioned to the best quality before it sees the lot. Not all used car sources are this thorough, however. It can be tough, especially for new buyers to pinpoint exactly what might be beneficial, or what could hurt them in the process of purchasing a used vehicle. To help you out, Ackerman Toyota has put together a few tips for buying a used car. Read this post to ensure that you’re up to the task to check for possible defects, quality, and that you get the best deal possible while buying a used car!

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Used cars Saint Louis MO

When shopping for used cars near Saint Louis MO, it’s important to seek out a dealer with your interests at heart, like your friends here at Ackerman Toyota. Here at our dealership, it is our job to ensure that you make the most informed decision possible, so that you are able to drive off in the used car of your dreams. There are a number of to-dos that will be beneficial in making sure that you make the right pick. We have listed some below.

  • Do your homework. | Every vehicle is different. From insurance rates to resale values, there are a million bases for you to cover before driving home in the used car of your dreams. Contact your car insurance provider, and get an idea of what your rates might be. Contact financial institutions and plan out payments, and shop around for the best financing rates.
  • Inspect everything. | If you’re not a car expert, it might make sense to bring a friend along who is. There are many parts and pieces under the hood and behind the wheel that must be verified before signing off on a new car. It could be wise to do your initial search solo, and once you’re sure on a specific vehicle, bring a trusted friend or mechanic along for an inspection.
  • Thoroughly read the window sticker. | The Federal Trade Commission requires that dealers post a buyer’s guide in every used vehicle offered for sale. The buyer’s guide will specify if a vehicle is being sold “as is” or with a warranty , and what percentage of possible repair costs the dealer is obligated to pay.

We’ve hardly scratched the surface, but these are a few things you will undoubtedly want to do when shopping for a used car. What do you look for in a used car? Let us know in the comments!

Visit Ackerman Toyota to check out our used car inventory or schedule a test drive to get behind the wheel!