What to Check When Buying a Used Car

Used cars on a car lot

Searching for a pre-owned Cadillac, Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, GMC, Dodge, Jeep, Ram car, truck, or SUV in the Stephenville area? You’ll find a wide variety of options, from pickup trucks to SUVs to sedans at Bayer Auto Group! This impressive selection can be a little intimidating to novice car shoppers.

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of what to ask when buying a used car. Find out more about what to check when buying a used car, truck, or SUV below! If you have any further questions along the way, don’t hesitate to contact us online for more information!



What to Check When Buying a Used Car: The Big Three

Trying to simplify the vehicle purchasing process? We encourage you to do some research from the comfort of your Brownwood or Abilene home. The three biggest things you’ll want to take into consideration are:

  • Evaluate Your Budget: It is very important to know upfront how much money you can afford to spend. This will help you to narrow your search while ensuring that you don’t overspend. Once you’ve decided on a budget, use our online payment calculator to find out what your monthly payments will be. If you’re planning on trading in your current vehicle, our trade-in tool can provide you with an estimate of your car’s value in seconds. 
  • See What Automotive Experts Are Saying: Online resources like Kelley Blue Book and J.D. Power and Associates can provide information on the reliability, resale value, and cost-to-own of various makes and model years. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also has vehicle safety information that covers many years of vehicles of all kinds. 
  • Carefully Select Your Year, Make, and Model: When you have set your budget and completed your research, you are in a better position to pick your top three makes and models. Then search for the car, truck, or SUV that will best suit your driving needs in the Granbury area.

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car at the Dealership

Have you determined what type of budget you’re working with? Do you have an idea of what type of car you want? If your answer to both those questions is yes, then you’re ready to visit a used car dealership like Bayer Auto Group. Take a look at some of the best questions to ask/things to request during your in-person visit: 

  • Vehicle Inspection: You’ll want to make sure an experienced service team, like the one at Bayer Auto Group, thoroughly inspects your car to ensure that it is in top condition, inside and out. For extra peace of mind, you can also explore their certified pre-owned vehicles. These models undergo a strict multipoint inspection as required by the manufacturer, and also come with valuable warranty coverage. 
  • Test Drive: Whether you are buying a new Cadillac, Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, GMC, Dodge, Jeep, Ram vehicle or a used one, you’ll want to get behind the wheel to see how it feels to drive it. Make sure it has the power you want, that the brakes are responsive, and that there aren’t any unusual noises or vibrations coming from the engine or suspension. 
  • Vehicle History Report: A vehicle history report will tell you if a used car has a clean title, if it has been involved in an accident, and if it has been kept up to date on its maintenance schedule. You can also verify the miles on the odometer and find out how many owners the vehicle has had.

Shop for Used Vehicles at Bayer Auto Group

Ready to buy a quality-assured used vehicle? Then you’ll want to visit us at Bayer Auto Group to get behind the wheel of one of our rigorously inspected pre-owned cars, trucks, or SUVs today! Just be sure to check out our current used vehicle specials before you stop by to save yourself time and money!


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