Main Steps To Buying A Used Car | Pre-Owned

buying-a-used-carBuying used cars makes good sense for a lot of consumers during this uncertain economic climate. But like always, it’s important to know what you’re getting into before finalizing any purchase. Let’s talk about a few steps in buying a used car

New or used?

Remember, when purchasing a new car, that vehicle depreciates by a couple of thousand dollars the moment it leaves the dealership lot. Even used cars that are only 2 or 3 years old are 20%-30% cheaper than new models. Insurance costs less for us for used cars, and the vehicle may still be covered by the factory warranty (or a certified used car warranty, at least).

Which used car?

It makes sense to explore all options, and not just in terms of the type of vehicle (sedan, coupe, wagon, minivan, truck, etc.  Also look into what the resale values and reputations are for the used cars you’re considering.

Research Your Purchase

After you’ve visited dealerships or found an individual owner/seller, this is where you really start to drill down and do your homework. Use resources like Edmunds.com, Consumer Reports and various car magazines to find out the service reputation on that individual model, recall history, etc. And of course, you can use CARFAX® to research the collision history and recall history for any particular used car, using the car’s VIN. If you’re satisfied with the car’s history and your gut tells you it’s a safe bet after a test drive, call in a mechanic or LemonBusters-type service to give the car a thorough pre-purchase check-up.

Negotiate

How much can you really afford to spend? Remember, that question takes into account total purchase price (including tax, title and license), down payment (or trade-in allowance), monthly payments, and insurance. Don’t be afraid to shoot low and work up from there – and remember that the salesman wants to close the deal, which gives you a strong hand in negotiations. Don’t let yourself get railroaded, and don’t settle for a payment plan that exceeds your budget!

At Lewisville VW, we’ve got a huge inventory of used cars on hand…and we’re betting there’s one that’s a good fit for you. Keep track of what’s going on with Lewisville VW by connecting with us on YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter!

Not Just Pre-Owned or Used Volkswagens in Dallas, but Certified Pre-Owned Volkswagens in Dallas

So are you in the market for a used or pre-owned Volkswagen and live in Dallas? Then we are the Dallas dealership for you!  It’s important to know what constitutes a Certified Pre-Owned Volkswagen.  Not every used VW can qualify as a CPO vehicle, and it’s important to be aware of these differences:

Certified Pre-Owned VolkswagenDealer backing – Every certified pre-owned Volkswagen has to be backed by the dealer for parts and service.  There’s a rigorous standards and inspection process that the car has to pass before it can be offered for sale as a CPO.  That means that a used VW sitting on a Jeep dealer’s lot might be a good car, but it’s not a Certified Pre-Owned unit.

Certified Pre-Owned VolkswagenMaintenance – This is one of the key aspects of the CPO program.  Every maintenance item on a CPO car must be up to speed on manufacturer’s requirements.  Based on the current mileage of the car you’re considering:

Financing – Volkswagen offers exceptional financing for its certified pre-owned vehicles.  That includes lower APRs and extended-term financing for most vehicles, keeping your monthly payments and budget under control.

Warranty – The CPO vehicle’s warranty isn’t an Extended Service Contract (that you pay extra for on the front end of the purchase).  Instead, it’s an extension of the original manufacturer’s warranty from Volkswagen, already included in the purchase of the car.

At Lewisville VW, we know that you’ve got a lot of used car choices in Dallas.  We also know that buying a used car in Dallas is a big decision.  We want to give you the tools you need to make that decision a little easier and to give you the peace of mind that goes along with buying a Volkswagen certified pre-owned vehicle.  When you buy a Dallas used car from Lewisville VW, you can rest assured that you have the entire weight of experience and expertise of a top-flight Volkswagen dealership on your side.