What to Look for When Buying a Used Car for Sale in Highland Park, IL

July 26th, 2018 by

Can shopping for used vehicles be challenging? Absolutely. Does it have to be? Not when you shop at Muller Honda Pre-Owned. All you really need is the right used car buying checklist, and whether shopping for a used vehicle from Hondaor another automaker, you should:

  • Research
  • Budget
  • Inspect
  • Try it Out

We’ll take you through what you need to do step-by-step at Muller Honda Pre-Owned.

Research: Where to Buy Used Cars

There are plenty of used vehicles out there, like used Honda Civics, and no shortage of dealerships around Chicago. Yet drivers continue to come to Muller Honda Pre-Owned because we offer great trade-in value and a large selection of used and certified pre-owned cars.

Budget: How Many Miles on a Car is Too Much?

How many roads must a car drive down before you should consider another model? The answer: it depends.

  • There are trucks that last upwards of 300,000 miles on one engine, but that’s only if they’re well cared for.
  • Cars with high mileage will usually carry a lower price than comparable models with lower mileage, but they could require more repairs and maintenance later on.

It’s up to you to decide on mileage: savings or peace of mind on the Arlington Heights streets. A certified pre-owned Honda can split the difference, too.

Inspect: What to Check When Buying a Used Car

Once you’ve settled on where to buy and your mileage range, it’s essential to inspect a used vehicle to make sure it’s up to your standards. But what do you check when buying a used car?

  • Rust around door edges and wheel wells
  • Damage hidden by careful touch-ups instead of proper repairs
  • Headlights, taillights, and turn signals
  • Excessive wear or damage to upholstery
  • Tire tread wear

Even if you don’t know heads from tails under the hood, it doesn’t hurt to take a look and make sure things look tidy — check the battery for any corrosive build-up on the terminals, too.

Try it Out: How to Test Drive a Used Car

Once you’ve found a used car you want to drive home to Gurnee, it’s time to take it for a spin. Test driving a used car is as simple as reaching out to the dealership and scheduling your test drive. It’s good to head out onto a beltway or a highway to get a feel for the engine as well as a drive around town. It’s important to reach out early, though, as each used car is unique and you don’t want someone else to buy your dream car.

Check Out Our Used Vehicle Inventory at Muller Honda Pre-Owned

You should find a wide selection of used Honda vehicles and non-Honda vehicles in our inventory, including a selection of budget-friendly cars priced to sell. Learn how to finance a used car for the best deal with our car buying tips. Contact us today, and be sure to learn more about leasing with bad credit with our team!

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