What to look for in a used car?

Unfortunately, the way car value works is new cars lose some of their value as soon as they drive off the lot. The brand new car you rolled off the lot just lost 10% of its value and possibly more. So congratulations on making the financially savvy decision to buy a used car. You’ll minimize your depreciation and let someone else take that hit.  Now you need to make sure you aren’t fooled by a lemon.

Getting a used car in good condition has nothing to do with luck. A smart buyer who knows what to look for can make sure they get a good deal. Hawk Ford has seen it all with used cars, especially used Fords in Burbank, so we created this guide to tell you what to look for in a used car.

Consider Certified Pre-Owned

The trouble when buying a used car is making sure it won’t cost you an arm and a leg down the road with costly maintenance. But if you buy a certified pre-owned, you can rest easy. These cars are backed by the manufacturer of the car. This allows you to address any repair via any dealership nationwide while the car is under warranty.

In order to become certified pre-owned, dealers inspect the car thoroughly and make any necessary repairs. A car must meet certain age and mileage requirements as well. 

Go For A Test Drive

Especially if the car you are considering is not certified pre-owned, you’ll want to drive the car. 

Make sure you drive both highway and local roads so you can see how the car performs in all situations. Test the car by parking and leaving it in idle for 30 seconds. Move the car slightly forward and check for any leaks. 

Get It Inspected

Having an independent mechanic evaluate your potential car is a great way to ensure you don’t get ripped off. Ask for a detailed report of the condition of the car and any necessary repairs (good leverage in a negotiation). Consider the mechanic fee a small insurance policy on your big investment. Any serious seller should have no problem with you taking the car to an independent mechanic.

Call Hawk Ford for a Used Ford in Burbank

To make sure you get the best deal possible on a used car, call the professionals at Hawk Ford of Oak Lawn. With so many satisfied customers in and around Chicago, it’s easy to trust the outstanding quality of our cars. Come in today for a used Ford in Burbank you can trust. Call (888) 437-7057.

Categories: Pre-Owned Inventory

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