How to Shop for a Used Car

by Driver's Way
5/21/2018 - Pelham, AL


Keeping Pelham Drivers In the Know

Shopping for a used car can seem like a rather daunting process. From the various makes and models available to the price differences and vehicle mileage amounts, how do you know exactly what to look for? We at Driver's Way in Pelham are here to help you find the reliable used car you need. With a little help from us, you'll go from a car shopping amateur to a car shopping pro.

The List:

  • Know your budget: If you're taking out a loan to pay for a car, your payment should not exceed 20% of your take-home pay. If you're not a real car aficionado, you may wish to pay less. Just make sure to find a reliable vehicle within your desired price range.
  • Make a list of vehicles: Depending on your priorities, you may be looking at a newer or older pre-owned vehicle. Be sure to consider factors that are helpful to every driver, such as reliability.
  • Locate cars of interest in your area: See how many cars of interest are in your local area. Compare prices online before calling sellers; this way, you'll have an idea of what's reasonable before coming to the lot.
  • Check vehicle history reports: Our Pelham used car dealership will help you secure a CARFAX report on the models in our inventory, so you can confirm their quality. This is the easiest way to minimize your options; we doubt you plan to buy a car that's been in four accidents.
  • Contact sellers: Once you've minimized your options, call the sellers. Establishing a relationship over the phone will prove useful when it's time to enter the dealership.
  • Test-drive: If you're down to two or three vehicles, it's a good time to start test-driving your options. See which car handles the best on the road.
  • Have the car inspected: After test-driving the cars, it's time to choose one. Once you consider all factors–the drive, the CarFax, the mileage, etc–the right car should present itself. Once it does, take it to your mechanic. He or she will ensure that there aren't any lurking issues.
  • Complete the paperwork: YOU'VE GOT A NEW-TO-YOU VEHICLE!

At Driver's Way in Pelham, we have an incomparable selection of various used makes and models for sale. Whether you're looking for a sophisticated sedan or an adventurous SUV, we're bound to have a vehicle suited to your specific needs and desires. So, do your research. Once you choose your vehicles of interest, come on down and take a test drive or two. We'd love to see you off in the new-to-you vehicle you've been eyeing all year.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our used car dealer in Pelham serving Alabaster, Hoover, and Birmingham at (205) 982-8326. We are ready and willing to answer any questions you may have.