Buying Cumberland, MD Used SUVs

by | Sep 5, 2013 | Automotive

Buying a used SUV is a financially sound decision for most people, as it allows you to avoid new-car depreciation. It has other advantages too; you’ll pay less to register and insure your vehicle, and there’s more room for discounts. In the article below, we offer some basic information on buying Cumberland MD used SUV’s.

Research the Car you Want

Finding a good used SUV is like finding a needle in a haystack, but there are many great sources of information available. Find reviews for your make and model, and read reviews for different years to find out how changes impacted vehicle quality. Consider the maintenance cost of the vehicle you choose. Maintenance is important on used vehicles, as most don’t come with repair warranties. Most people buy used to save money, but end up losing all their savings in repairs.

Decide Where to Shop

When shopping for a used car, you have many choices. Private parties offer low prices and easier negotiation, but there’s also something to be said for the service and convenience offered by a local used car dealer. Many sell certified, pre-owned cars that are factory warranty-backed. You’ll eliminate some of the risk of buying a used vehicle, while still paying less than the price of a new car.

Vehicle Inspection

Once you’ve found the SUV you want, you should take the time to evaluate its condition, and to take it for a test drive. An inspection can point out problems, or tell you whether the vehicle has been involved in a crash. You have the right to bring your own mechanic along, or to ask for a mobile inspection. While on the test drive, listen for excessive noise and take note of how the vehicle handles.

Secure Financing

When you’ve found the right car, you’ll need to act quickly to get it before someone else does! If you’re lucky enough to be able to pay cash, all you have to do is make a withdrawal or ask for a cashier’s check. If you’re making payments, you should try to get pre-approved for a car loan so you’ll have a budget and an interest rate in mind.

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