So you know it’s time to start looking for your next used car here in the Cerritos, Long Beach, and Anaheim areas. However, you’re uncertain where to begin or what to do.
When that happens, all you need to do is turn to this detailed used car buying checklist by the Norm Reeves Ford Superstore Cerritos team.
Just follow the steps laid out ahead, contact us, and you’ll be good to go.
- Put Together a Budget
It’s impossible to know which cars are realistic choices for you and your lifestyle if you don’t have a solid budget to follow. That’s why we suggest completing this step first thing in the used car buying journey.
Factor in your monthly income and all usual expenses. Whatever wiggle room you have left can be put toward a car payment.
Find a Trade-In Value
Not all drivers choose to trade in their current vehicle when shopping for a new one. However, the money you get from it can be put toward a down payment.
On our website, you’ll find a handy trade-in calculator that you can use to determine your car’s worth.
Find the Right Seller
Before you find the right car, you need to find the right seller. In some cases, choosing a private seller may sound enticing, but buyers beware. There’s no guarantee that what you’re getting from a private seller is high quality.
Dealerships run according to industry standards. High quality isn’t just a suggestion for them, it’s the imperative. With them, you’ll always have a reliable vehicle and plenty of options.
Find the Right Car
Okay, you’ve got the dealership. Now it’s time to put together your list of favorite models. Browse the dealership’s inventory online so you can find the most appealing cars before even leaving home.
Take the Car for a Spin
After you have a car (or two or three) picked out, it’s time to get behind the wheel and see how it drives. Pay close attention to brakes and engine response, handling, and interior comfort, etc.
If the car doesn’t feel right to you, it probably isn’t. That’s why you ought to test drive more than one!
Request a Vehicle History Report
Most dealerships will have a vehicle history report ready for you. Be sure to request one so you know what the car has been through.
Sit Down with the Finance Team
Now that you’ve picked out a car, you may need to secure an auto loan for it. In which case, you can always sit down with the dealership’s finance team. They’ll walk you through all the steps of this process, keeping things as simple as possible.
Prepare for Purchase Day
You’re just one step away from driving your next used car home! All you have to do is sign some paperwork. Here’s what you’ll have to bring to the dealership on the day of purchase:
- Driver’s license and registration
- Proof of insurance (new and old)
- Old car’s title (for trading in)
- Occasionally, proof of income and residency
Browse Our Inventory Now
Now that you have these helpful tips, you may be ready to start shopping for your car. In which case, all Cerritos, Long Beach, and Anaheim drivers can browse our inventory online.
Start looking now to find your next car at Norm Reeves Ford Supers