How to Pick your First (Used) Car!

Everyone has their reasons for needing a new car. Unfortunately, not everyone is in the financial position to afford a brand-new car for their family. That is why dealers like Subaru Antelope Valley in Lancaster offer a great selection of quality used and Certified Pre-Owned vehicles for Palmdale, Edwards, and Santa Clarita drivers. We understand the role a car plays in your life and believe everyone should have that freedom.

Now that you need a new-to-you car, truck or SUV, how do you decide which car is right for you? There are so many things to consider. First, you must identify your needs. Are you looking for a rugged pickup truck for work or play? Maybe your family is outgrowing your current wheels, and you need to upgrade to an SUV. Or an empty-nester who is looking to downsize to a sleek sedan. Knowing what you need is a step in the right direction.

  • Understand the Market Value: Once you decide what you, you need to know what that car is worth. Utilize sources such as Kelly Blue Book and Edmunds.com to learn what your ideal car is worth. If the car you find is in the ballpark, you are on the right track for a good value.
  • Inspect Every Detail of the Car: This is a great way to determine if there are any issues with the vehicle. Take a peek at the mileage. Sit in the seats. Search for any tears, rips or stains, which could bring down the value. Look for any dents or scratches in the paint. Check the tire tread, inspect the engine, muffler, and lights to ensure everything is in good, working order.
  • Take a Critical Test Drive: This is the best way to determine if a car is right for you. How does it run and handle the drive? Are there any warning lights coming on? How well do the brakes respond? Check for any exhaust or smoke. Don't let there be any surprises when you hit the road in Rosamond.
  • Ask for Vehicle History: A reputable dealer will have some variation of a vehicle history report available for its vehicles. The vehicles you find at Subaru Antelope Valley will have reports with them. You will want to know what repairs and services have been performed on that vehicle. Is it up to date on its regular maintenance?

As with any purchase, finding your perfect used car all starts with need and price. You want to find something you love that falls in your budget. It can be a tricky balance in some instances. Or you can visit Subaru Antelope Valley to search our inventory and discover great pre-owned options that fit in your budget. Our team will work to find the best value for you.

Categories: Pre-Owned Inventory
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