Buying a used car? Be sure to avoid these common mistakes!

6/28/2016

Common used car shopping mistakes

If you’re on the market for a used vehicle, whether you’re looking for something that better suits your lifestyle, or are looking for your first vehicle, the process of car shopping can be pretty stressful. And since buying a vehicle is a pretty big deal for most drivers, it’s all the more important that you find the one that’s right for you and avoid these common used car shopping mistakes.

Mistake #1. Not doing any research

While this may be obvious to some drivers, others make the mistake of arriving on a lot without doing any prior research about the vehicle’s they’ll be test driving. This can be a big problem by making it more difficult for you to narrow down your choices or know what to look for in each model.

If you need to perform some research for car search, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Apollo Auto Sales, we have a variety of different methods for car research. Not only can you check out the informative posts here on our blog, but you can also view the features and specs of every model in our inventory right here on our site!

Mistake #2. Not having a thorough test drive

Your test drive in a potential vehicle is one of the most important parts of the car shopping process. That’s why it’s important that take your time and do a thorough run-through with each vehicle you test drive.

When you get behind the wheel of a car you’re thinking of getting, be sure to drive it as you would normally drive your car. That way, you can tell how a vehicle will fit in with your personal driving style. Also be sure to drive in areas or types of areas that you normally drive in, so you can get a feel for it. For example, if you’re a frequent city driver, it’s a good idea to see how a vehicle handles driving and parking in the city.

Mistake #3. Forgetting your budget

You don’t want to get stuck with a vehicle you can’t actually afford. Before you even begin your search, it’s a good idea to figure out how much of your monthly income you can dedicate to your car payments – assuming you’ll be financing your vehicle. From there, you can figure out which models are in your personal price range. It’s important that you stick to your budget to avoid bigger problems down the road.

If you’re in need of assistance in your car search, our friendly staff here at Apollo Auto Sales is always happy to help! Feel free to contact us here for more information on our used cars for sale or to schedule a test drive when you’re ready to make a decision.

And if you’d like more information on buying or selling your used car or truck or our auto care services, be sure to check out the rest of our blog!

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