What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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Shopping for a vehicle can be a daunting task whether you’re a first-time buyer or haven’t bought a car in a while, but there’s added pressure when it comes to used cars. So to help Pottstown drivers in their search for a used or certified pre-owned vehicle,



the team at Springfield Mitsubishi - Reading created this guide so you know what to look for when buying a used car. We’ve also included a list of what to ask when buying a used car so you’re fully prepared to shop with confidence.

Check out our tips below, and then if you’re ready to take any of the cars in our inventory out for a test drive, send us a message to get started! 

Six Things to Look for When Shopping for Used Cars

Not sure what to look for when buying a used car? Here are six of our top tips: 

    1. Exterior condition: When looking for a used car, the first thing you’ll notice is the exterior. Inspect the exterior for signs of damage, rust, or mismatched paint, which could be a sign of previous accidents or neglect.
    2. Mechanical condition: Wait until the engine cools, then inspect the general condition of the engine bay. Dirt and dust are expected, but be cautious if you notice oil splattered under the hood or on the pavement under the car. Also check the battery cover for corrosion, or wires and hoses hanging loose.
  • Service history: Ask toreview the car’s service records to get a better understanding of the previous maintenance history and any major repairs the vehicle may have had. 
  • Interior condition: Look over the interior for cleanliness, wear and tear, and functionality of features such as seats, dashboard controls, and other tech features. 
  • Mileage: Buying a car with high mileage isn’t necessarily a red flag, but it can be an indication of how much wear and tear it’s experienced in its lifetime. 
  • Test drive: Lastly, take the car for a test drive to assess its performance, handling, and comfort to see how you’ll feel during your Lancaster and Allentown commutes.

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

When it comes to used or pre-owned vehicles, there you need to verify before you sign on the dotted line. Knowing what to ask when buying a used car can help you avoid costly repairs in the future and protect your investment. Here are some tips for what to ask the dealer or seller when you’re checking out a used car: 

  • “Is there a history of maintenance?”
  • “Is the vehicle history report available?”
  • “Do the amenities and features work like they’re supposed to?”
  • “What is the ownership history?”
  • “What is the vehicle’s mileage?”
  • “Are there any current recalls on the vehicle?”
  • “How was the vehicle priced?”
  • “Can I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?”
  • “Do you have the title in hand?”
  • “Is the car as is, or is it under warranty?”
  • “Does this vehicle affect your insurance premiums?”

Get More Car Buying Tips from Springfield Mitsubishi - Reading!

Have our tips helped build your confidence enough to start shopping? We hope so! Take full advantage of our selection of used cars from some of the top brands on the market at our showroom in Reading. Our team is here to support you whether you want more car-buying tips or you’re ready to start the process by applying for financing from the comfort of your home. So whenever you’re ready, we look forward to seeing you!

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