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Oakes Auto — Your Kansas City Used Car Dealer

Buying a used vehicle is a great way to save some money. When you buy a used car, someone else has taken the depreciation hit that new-car buyers have to deal with during the first couple of years of ownership. If this sounds good and you’re ready to buy a pre-owned car, truck, crossover, SUV or van, we’ll let you know what to look for when you head out to a dealership like the Kansas City used car dealer.

When you buy a used vehicle, you’ll want to make sure that it’s in top condition. With the exception of certified pre-owned vehicles, used cars generally don’t come with the same type of warranty you get when you buy a new car. According to the KC used car dealer, it’s important to do your homework. A little research will help ensure you drive off the dealer’s lot with a used car that will give you years of trouble-free driving.

Your Kansas City Used Car Dealer

Once you’ve decided which car you’d like to buy, you’ll need to make some budget decisions. An older vehicle is less expensive, but it’s seen more wear and tear than a newer model, which means you may be looking at more repairs. On the other hand, a newer model may not offer substantial savings over a brand-new car. To get the best value, you’ll want to find a newer car that has already depreciated but has fewer miles on it than an older car.

Pre-owned Car Vehicles for the Kansas City Area

Certified Pre-owned cars usually have low mileage and are available from franchised new car dealers. Many are returned leased vehicles or were loaners. Certified Pre-owned cars have been inspected by the dealer and usually carry a warranty from the manufacturer. These vehicles typically cost a little more but many people like the fact they’re backed by the manufacturer.

Once you’re at the dealer, here are some things to check:

  • Carefully examine the vehicle’s interior and exterior. On the inside, you’ll want to check the upholstery to see if it’s in good condition, without any torn or worn areas. If you smell mold or mildew, it’s a sign the car has been in a flood. On the outside, look for visible signs of repair. It’s fine to buy a car that’s been in a minor fender-bender, but you should check to see the repairs were done by professionals and are barely detectable. Open the hood an examine the engine. If it’s rusted or dirty, it’s a sign you might face problems later on.
  • Take a test drive. When you test drive the car, take it out on local streets and highways to get a feel for how it performs in different driving situations. On local streets, notice how the vehicle shifts and corners. Note how the brakes respond in stop-and-go driving. On the highway, check whether the engine runs smoothly and how it accelerates. Listen for engine or brake noises and check the car’s electronics.
  • Check for leaks. You don’t want to buy a car that’s leaking. During the test drive, park the vehicle on the road and let it run for about a minute or so. Move the car and look for leaks on the section of the road where the car was parked. Pink fluid on the road may indicate a leak in the transmission. Green fluid can mean there’s an anti-freeze leak. Black fluid is a sign of a possible oil leak.
  • Have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic. Unless you have a friend who’s a mechanic, you’ll have to pay to take one along. But a mechanic can spot problems you may overlook and give you a good idea what the car’s actually worth.

Following these tips will help ensure that you buy a used car that’s physically in top-shape and has no mechanical problems. Best of all, you’ll have the knowledge that you got a great deal on a car you’ll love.

Our Kansas City location is open Monday through Saturday to help you. Stop by or call us today at 913-222-5300.