Used Car Checklist
Thinking about making your next vehicle a used vehicle? Our used car checklist from our team at Rockwall Ford is the perfect place to get started! In our Used Car Checklist, you’ll find detailed information about each step of the used car shopping experience. Used car shoppers in the areas of Rockwall, Mesquite, and Garland should read ahead to learn more!
1. Put Together a Budget.
The first thing you need to do before you buy a car—new or used—is to determine a budget. Get started by taking a look at your monthly take-home pay or the amount of money you make after taxes. Then, you’ll want to calculate 20% of that amount—that’s roughly how much you should spend on your monthly car payments.
Calculated into these monthly payments should be your payments for car insurance and any routine maintenance needs your vehicle will need along the way. Also, don’t forget to consider how much you can afford to put down for your initial down payment. Generally speaking, you should put at least 10% of a vehicle’s price down upfront.
2. Make a Next-Car Wish List.
After you have a budget put together, it’s time for some fun. Next, you’ll want to make your next-car wish list. First, start thinking about features you need in your next used car, such as a certain number of seats, all-wheel drive, or a certain towing capacity. Then, you can start considering features that you want, such as a surround-sound audio system or heated seats.
3. Do Your Research.
Armed with your budget and your wish list, you’re ready to start doing the legwork of finding used vehicles that fit your needs. The online vehicle market is a great place to start. Use a search engine to find models that suit you or dealerships that have a large selection of cars.
Once you’ve zeroed in on a model or two that you think could be “the one,” you’ll want to get ahold of the car history report. On here, you’ll find detailed information about the vehicle’s condition, including its maintenance history, if it’s been involved in any accidents, past ownership, and more.
4. Take a Test Drive.
After you’ve done your research, it’s time to take the last step—go for a test drive. During your test drive, be sure to check not only visibility out of every window and mirror but also how easy the features are to use and how comfortable each seat is.
Ready to Find Your Next Used Car?
We at Rockwall Ford are thrilled that you’re getting geared up for your next used car shopping experience. Using this checklist, you’ll be able to sail through your used car shopping journey. To ensure that your shopping adventure ends with you behind the wheel of the perfect pre-owned car, come down to our dealership and meet with our dedicated team. Shoppers in Rockwall, Mesquite, and Garland should give us a call to schedule a test drive today!