Buying a used car can be a nerve-wracking experience!   The selection process, negotiating, and financing approval are enough to make anyone’s head spin, not to mention all of the pre-conceived notions about used car dealerships.   At Valley Car Group, we’re here to help ease your mind and provide you with expert tips on purchasing your next used car.  

When to Come In

The end of the month and the end of the year are some of the best times to come in for a vehicle. Every salesperson is trying to hit their month-end numbers so that they can get the bonus and at the end of the year, every dealer is trying to push stagnant inventory. These are when you can work the best deals!  

Know Your Budget

Knowing how much you’re willing to spend, what your budget allows for, and how much your payments might be is extremely important. Don’t waste your time looking at used cars that may be far above your reasonable range. Fortunately, there are super handy tools online, like a payment calculator that will give you an estimate of your monthly payments based on a variety of factors.  

Financing Information

Many people dread the financing process due to several fears and misconceptions, such as the approval process, payment amount anxiety, added services, and how smoothly it will go. However, the process is actually quite simple! You can start the pre-approval application before even stepping foot on the lot, and knowing your budget will help a lot with minimizing surprises.  

Check Out Used Car History

The used car history is important to see previous accident information, title status, and the number of owners. This is especially important when you’re purchasing a car that isn’t certified pre-owned, and so that you know what the fairest deal is. This will also help you when it comes to negotiations! Use an easy online tool like CarFax for these reports.