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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Avoid these Common Mistakes when Buying a Used Car

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If you are looking for a used car for sale in the Tacoma and the surrounding area, make sure that you have a good understanding of how second hand car shopping works. At Olympia Auto Mall we often advise our clients on what to look for in a good quality second hand car. Finding the car of your dreams at a price that you can afford can be exciting, but there are a few common mistakes that people make when buying a used car.

Below are a few second hand car-buying mistakes that you should avoid:

  • Not checking the vehicle history and service log book – it is important for you to know if the vehicle has been involved in any accidents and if any mechanical aspects of the vehicle have failed or been a problem in the past. Remember that the vehicle’s previous maintenance and servicing strategies will determine how much time, money and effort you will need to spend on it going forward.
  • Focusing on the monthly payment instead of the total price of the car – it’s easy to think that a car is affordable if the monthly payments seem low or within reason. Always calculate the total cost of the vehicle including your finance agreement to ascertain whether or not the vehicle is really within your price range.
  • Buying second hand cars that aren’t certified – by choosing to support a car dealership that sells certified pre-owned vehicles, you are doing yourself a favor. Certified used cars often offer lower mileage, are only a few years old and have undergone strict inspections and tests. They are also thoroughly serviced before they are sold.
  • Skimping on the test drive – a test drive isn’t an occasion just to see how you feel sitting in the driver’s seat. You need to make sure that the vehicle drives smoothly, the gears give you no hassles, the brakes work great and that there are no rattles or tell-tale signs that something might be wrong with the engine or any other components of the vehicle. Don’t just zip down the road for your test drive to save time. 

These are just a few of the mistakes that people make when shopping around for used cars for sale. If you need more advice and guidance on how to shop for a car, our consultants at our used car dealership near Tacoma will be more than happy to help.

Top quality certified pre-owned cars for sale at Olympia Auto Mall

At Olympia Auto Mall we have a wide range of cars available for those shopping for new and used cars for sale in the Tacoma and surrounding areas. If you would like to test drive any of our certified pre-owned vehicles, visit our showroom at your convenience. Alternatively, contact us via email or telephone at Olympia Auto Mall today. 


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