What Should I Look for When Buying a Used Car?

If you're looking to buy a used car, it's essential that you do your research and examine the vehicle carefully -- from bumper to bumper and roof to undercarriage. Of course, you'll also want to make sure that you purchase it from a trusted source such as our Augusta ME dealership. We offer a tremendous selection of used cars, trucks, and SUVs, including the elite models that are the Certified Pre-Owned Honda vehicles.

Here's a convenient checklist you can use in your used car search:

  • Do your research ahead of time. Start your search with a reputable website such as Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com or autotrader.com; each offers all the research and comparison tools that you need.
  • Investigate the vehicle. Carefully. Most people make the mistake of focusing on price. While that's certainly a concern, you want to ask for a vehicle history report so that you can check out the service and repair histories. After all, a well-priced car that's missed several important maintenance appointments is not a bargain at all.
  • Examine the car in person, and check the tires, hoses, and all connections. Walk around the car, looking for anything that might be wrong. It doesn't take a certified mechanic to notice signs of neglect.
  • Test drive the vehicle by taking it on both local roads and a highway if you can. Once the vehicle's warmed up, park it somewhere safe and clean and let it run for a minute or so. Then move it slightly away from where you'd parked, and look for any leaking substances. If you see green, pink, or black fluid under where the vehicle was idling, that's a sign that the car is leaking vital fluids.
  • Finally, consider the source of the vehicle. While there's nothing wrong with a private sale between two parties, if you choose to purchase a used vehicle from a reputable dealer like Charlie's Honda you're sure to take ownership of a vehicle that's been thoroughly inspected and passed by expert mechanics.

At Charlie's Honda, we're proud to serve our customers from the Waterville ME, Lewiston ME, Auburn ME, and Camden ME areas.

Categories: Pre-Owned Inventory

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