10 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a Used Car

Buying a Used Car

Sooner or later, everyone comes to the point where they need to purchase a new car. Buyers find themselves with a lot of options and decisions:

  • What type of car to go with?
  • What features are essential?
  • Do I buy new or used?

Used cars can be a more economical way to replace a vehicle – buyers can get a vehicle that’s almost as good as new, without having to deal with the depreciation that’s associated with buying new. For those who decide to go with purchasing a used car, there are many more things to consider.

Here are the 10 things you need to know before buying that used car:

  1. Research vehicles with a good resale value. Vehicles that have a good resale value tend to make good used cars. Cars like the Nissan Altima, the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord tend to hold their value and remain on the road longer. In addition, used vehicles from second-tier auto manufacturers like Mitsubishi and Mazda are comparable, and on average, $3,000 cheaper (source: edmunds.com).
  1. Shop for newer used cars that still have some of their original manufacturer’s warranty. Most late-model vehicles have at least 3-year/36,000 mile warranties, while newer used vehicles may have 10-year/100,000 mile warranties. Take advantage of the maintenance included with these vehicles. Also, be sure to verify that the warranty is fully transferable.
  1. Research the vehicle’s history. Details concerning past owners, use and maintenance should be important in influencing your decision to buy a used vehicle. Companies like Carfax and AutoCheck provide buyers with vehicle history reports that cover title information, flood damage history, total loss accident history, odometer reading, and more.
  2. Be sure that the vehicle you’re interested in will pass both state safety and emissions tests. In most states this is a legal requirement, but not in all. Be sure to check with your state vehicle administration office to verify if these tests are required before the sale of used vehicles. Repairs to make a used car roadworthy could cost hundreds of dollars (if not more) and in most states, you can’t register your vehicle if it does not pass these tests.
  3. Consider Certified, Pre-Owned (CPO) Vehicles. These vehicles are typically late models with more than 50,000 miles, but have been through multipoint inspections, with any needed service or upkeep taken care of before they are put on a lot. CPO vehicles are also backed by the manufacturer and often come with extended warranties at no additional cost.
  4. Examine the vehicle services record and mileage disclosure documents carefully. Verify that the vehicle has been well-maintained and regularly serviced. Things like oil changes and radiator flushes help to preserve the integrity of the vehicle’s engine and keep it on the road.
  5. Test drive the vehicle before you purchase it. During the test drive, be sure and check for things such as: acceleration from a stop, visibility, engine noise, passing acceleration, hill-climbing power, braking, cornering and turn radius, suspension, and rattles & squeaks. All of these things must be considered before the purchase.
  6. Compare the value of the vehicle with the sale price using the NADA Official Used Car Guide published by the National Automobile Dealer Association or the Kelley Blue Book. Also compare prices of similar models and years to verify that you are not paying too much.
  7. Ask about the dealer’s return policy and get it in writing. Be sure to read through it carefully – many times there are mileage and time restrictions involved in returning a vehicle. Carmax, for example, offers a 5-day money-back guarantee if the vehicle is returned in the condition it was purchased.
  8. Check for any manufacturer recalls for the make, model and year of the vehicle you are interested in purchasing and ensure that all recalled items have been addressed on the vehicle. The manufacturer recalls involve both the safety of the vehicle and the passengers within and should not be overlooked.

These are just a few of the considerations buyers might want to think about before buying a used vehicle and some more great information can be found online. As always, we welcome your feedback! If you have any additional tips to buying used vehicles, please leave us your comments below!

Tischer Acura Nissan: One Destination for New, Used, and Certified Pre-Owned Cars

Tischer Acura Nissan

Exciting news, Tischer friends! The Pensare dealership, our used-car branch dealership that was just a couple of doors down from us, has now moved its inventory to the Tischer Acura Nissan location. We realized that having a central location lends itself to providing a better customer service experience. Now, whether you are in the market for a new Acura or Nissan, a certified pre-owned Acura or Nissan, or a used car, you can find all of these options in one convenient place—our Tischer Acura Nissan dealership.

You may have some questions regarding this change. We’ve anticipated a few common inquiries that our customers may have. So today, we wanted to share some information that would help you understand more details about this change. Here is what you need to know:

1. As stated above, we have not done away with the used car inventory from the Pensare dealership. We have simply moved those vehicles over to the Tischer Acura Nissan dealership location.

2. The Pensare used car inventory does not replace the car inventory at Tischer Acura Nissan. In addition to Pensare’s used cars, you can still find new and certified pre-owned Acura and Nissan models at Tischer Acura Nissan. You can check out our new and used car inventory at the Tischer Acura Nissan dealership, or online using the “new” or “used” or “pre-owned” filters. (See photo below.)

Tischer Acura Nissan used car inventory

3. Our Pensare location appealed to the large Spanish-speaking community we have in our neighborhood. Those Spanish-speaking customers will be happy to know we still have bi-lingual staff at Tischer Acura Nissan who can assist with your car shopping and car service needs.

4. Our Pensare dealership was a Maryland State Inspection-certified dealership. Tischer Acura Nissan is a Maryland State Inspection-certified dealership and can continue to offer this service to those customers who need a Maryland state inspection performed on their vehicle.

5. Our Pensare dealership’s website offered an online credit application. In time, that website will be shut down. However, customers (or potential customers) can still use the credit applications on both the Tischer Acura and Tischer Nissan websites.

Change can be hard and/or confusing, but we at Tischer Acura Nissan are very excited about and are fully embracing this particular change. We anticipate that having our staff under one roof will not only boost staff communications and professionalism, but will also enhance our ability to serve our customers in a way that is convenient and accessible.

We hope that you will stop by our dealership if you are in the market for a new car or car service. If you have any questions about what you read today, feel free to leave your questions in the comments area below, or reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter.