What to Look For In A Used Car

What to Look For In A Used Car

Shop Used Cars at St. Clair CDJR!

Shopping for your next used car is an exciting time! However, there is a lot to consider when doing so, which can make the process overwhelming. Here at St. Clair Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we want to take as much stress and confusion out of shopping for a new car as possible. This is why we'd like to offer you a few tips on what to look for when you're shopping for a used vehicle. Continue reading below to learn more!

Find your budget

The first thing you should do when shopping for a new car is to decide on a budget. Things you should ask yourself when doing so are, how much can I afford for a monthly payment? And how much can I afford for a down payment? Once you answer these questions, you can figure out a reasonable budget that you can stick to and allow the friendly sales and financing team members to help you get into the car you want at a rate you can afford.

Decide what style of car

You may already have a style in mind, but you want to make sure it fits your needs. For example, when deciding on what style of car to choose, you should consider things like what you use your car most for, do you carry lots of passengers around town, or do you drive solo on the highway? By answering these questions, you will narrow down the choice of which car best suits your lifestyle and driving habits. This will help you decide whether you need a sedan, SUV, truck, or van.

Decide on what features are important

After you narrow down what you'll be using the car for, you should also decide on what's important to you. For example, if you do a lot of driving in the snow, having all-wheel or four-wheel drive will give you more confidence in bad weather. Also consider if other features are important, like heated seats for those cold winter mornings, or a sunroof for the warm summer afternoons. This will narrow down your options even further.

Choose your car

After figuring out your budget, choosing a style, and choosing your favorite features, it's time to make the big decision on which car to buy. You can shop St. Clair CDJR online or in-store with a sales professional to help find the used car that fits your needs and your budget.

Take a test drive

The last important part of purchasing a used car is the test drive. Before getting behind the wheel, be sure to inspect the exterior. Paint colors can look different in person than on a screen, so make sure you still like the color. Then inspect the interior, from the front to the rear and even in the trunk. Make sure everything you need to carry will fit in that particular car. When you get behind the wheel, adjust the seat and mirrors to ensure maximum comfort and visibility. Then, as you're driving, pay attention to how it accelerates. Make sure there's enough power and smooth gear shifts. Also, pay attention to the steering and suspension. Is turning easy or do you have to put some power behind the wheel? Is the ride as smooth as you would like it? Lastly, pay attention to the brakes and the brake pedal's responsiveness. By asking yourself these questions, you can ensure that the car you're test driving will be comfortable and safe every time you get behind the wheel.

Buy a used car at St. Clair CDJR!

Here at St. Clair Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we have a long list of high-quality, affordable used vehicles for you to choose from. From sedans to trucks and everything in between, St. Clair has something for everybody. You can check out our extensive list right here on our website to find the perfect car for you. Then, when you're ready, you can contact us by phone or here on the web to schedule a test drive with a sales professional. We look forward to helping you find your next used car!

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