What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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Do you know what to look for when buying a used car? Unless you’re a mechanic, you might feel unsure about your abilities to evaluate a pre-owned automobile. But there are things that every Prattville driver can check on a used car. We’ve put together a list of those things, as well as what to ask when buying a used car.

Factors to Consider and Things to Look Out for When Buying a Used Car

You don’t have to take an engine apart to get a sense of how reliable a car is likely to be. Here’s a list of things to check when buying a used car:

  • Dents and scratches on the exterior
  • Signs of rust
  • Cracks in the glass
  • How well the doors, windows, trunk, and hood open and close
  • If the lights work
  • Vehicle maintenance record
  • Mileage history report
  • If the car has a musty odor on the inside
  • Condition of hoses and belts
  • Engine fluids like oil and transmission fluid
  • If there is black or greasy residue on the tailpipe
  • How it performs in a test drive on our Calera roads
  • What consumer reviews say about this make and model

Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Car

It’s best to be prepared when buying a used car from a dealer or private party. Know what your budget is beforehand, know what kind of payment you can afford, and what your trade is worth. Then, be ready to ask the right questions:

  • Is there a history of maintenance?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • Do the amenities and features work like they’re supposed to?
  • What is the ownership history?
  • What is the vehicle’s mileage?
  • Are there any current recalls on the vehicle?
  • How was the vehicle priced?
  • Can I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?
  • Do you have the title in hand?
  • Is the car as is, or is it under warranty?
  • Does this vehicle affect your insurance premiums?
  • What is the “out-the-door” price of the vehicle, including taxes and dealer’s fees?

Come See the Used Cars at Stokes Chrysler Company of Clanton

You should check out the wide range of quality and reliable used cars on our lot. Take them for a test drive and check them out thoroughly. We want you to be happy with your purchase. So, be sure to take advantage of our used vehicle specials. We’re just down the road from Alabaster, so drop by or contact us today.


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