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8 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used Car

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Whether you work with a private seller or local car dealership, it’s important to ask the right questions when shopping for a used car in Aurora, Centennial, or Denver. The answers can reveal valuable information about the vehicle’s condition and performance and help you decide if it’s the right model for your needs.

Here are eight questions you should ask before buying a pre-owned vehicle:

1. Why are you selling this vehicle?

8 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used CarPay attention to the seller’s mannerisms when they answer this question. If they seem nervous or try dancing around the question, the vehicle might have a mechanical problem they don’t want you to know about. The seller should be upfront about why they want to sell the car, and if they can’t come up with a legitimate explanation, we recommend finding another vehicle.

2. How many miles are on this vehicle?

The number of miles on a used vehicle can help you to estimate its value. Sources online like Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds, and Cars.com have tools that appraise used vehicles based on their mileage, which can help you negotiate a fair price if you decide to purchase it.

3. What’s the condition of the vehicle?

When shopping for a used car, have the seller describe the structural, mechanical, and aesthetic condition of the car. A used vehicle on your shopping list could look great in the parking lot, but it could be hiding damage to its frame, powertrain, or interior under a fresh coat of paint. If the seller avoids giving you a straight answer or if you find evidence of structural or mechanical damage yourself, start looking for another vehicle.

4. Does this vehicle have any special features?

8 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used CarMany modern used cars come with features like Bluetooth®, leather upholstery, touchscreens, and advanced safety features like Forward Collision Warning, which could drive its price up dramatically. To get an accurate ballpark price on a vehicle, make sure that the seller discloses any special features.

5. Who was the original owner?

We recommend purchasing a used vehicle that’s only had one owner. If a vehicle has had two or three owners, it might have a serious problem. It’s also difficult to gather accurate information about a vehicle’s servicing and accident history when it’s had more than one owner.

6. Was this vehicle ever in an accident?

This is an incredibly important question. Generally, cars that were in collisions have more structural and mechanical problems and come at a lower value. If the vehicle was in an accident, we recommend finding another model.

7. Do you have service records for this vehicle?

If a car owner kept detailed service records for a vehicle, they probably took good care of it. This is a simple way to assess the amount of wear and tear a vehicle has accumulated.

8. What’s the asking price for this vehicle? 

Make sure that you leave the price of a vehicle open for negotiation. After you settle on an asking price with the seller, you can find a payment plan that works for your budget and drive off in your used vehicle.

Best of Luck Shopping!

Shopping for a used vehicle in Centennial, Aurora, or Denver can be overwhelming, but Mile High Honda is here to help. We have a wide inventory of new and pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs and can help you choose the right used vehicle for your lifestyle.

If you’re interested in finding out more, contact us online.