Knowing You’re Getting a Good Deal on a Used Car

June 15th, 2013 by

Middletown Honda CustomerShopping for used cars usually makes everyone antsy. Most people aren’t auto experts, so there’s always the worry that somehow you’re being ripped off. At Middletown Honda, we pride ourselves in offering honest, transparent customer service. That’s why drivers from Orange County area communities like Mahwah and Newburgh continue to do business with us.

Tips for Used Car Shopping

We can’t speak for other sellers, though. Luckily, there are a few steps you can take to protecting yourself when shopping for a used car.

  • Check out the vehicle history report: most good dealerships will offer free vehicle history reports on their used models from services like AutoCheck or CARFAX. These reports list important information like mileage data, any past recorded maintenance and accidents, and other important information about a car’s history.
  • Know how to read the data: a vehicle that has been driven 60,000 miles over the course of six years is probably going to last longer than a vehicle that has covered that same distance in three years. Maintenance is also an important factor in gauging a vehicle’s longevity. Regular maintenance is a good sign that a car will last, while a spotty history of maintenance means its life will probably be shorter. This will all factor into the value.
  • Research the market value: using Kelley’s Blue Book and the information from the vehicle history report, you can see what a model is going for. Bringing this information to the seller will help to back you up in negotiations.

Check Out the Used Selection at Middletown

If you haven’t been pleased with the cars you’ve seen at other dealerships, we encourage you to stop by and see what we have to offer. Here are just a few of the benefits of shopping with Middletown:

  • An easy to navigate online pre-owned inventory
  • Photos of the interiors and exteriors of our used models
  • Free CARFAX reports whenever possible
  • Expert financing with help for drivers with good credit, bad credit, or no credit

Interested in one of our models? Feel free to visit us for a test drive! We’re located 520 Route 211 in Middletown, NY. Give us a call if you have any questions!