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Monday, August 28, 2017

Getting Your Next Used Vehicle

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I recently took my car in for its annual inspection, and things didn't go so well. The guy at the inspection station basically said I shouldn't go through with the inspection because if I did, he would have to fail the vehicle and the vehicle would immediately need to come off the road. I took his advice and drove away. Of course, that meant it was time to get another vehicle. 

Time to go car shopping didn't come as a total surprise. My Ford had about 180,000 miles at the time, having lasted about fifteen or sixteen years on the road. Since I only worked four miles from home, it wasn't like I wasn't putting much mileage on it anymore, but I still needed a more reliable set of wheels. And, of course, it sucked that I had just bought a brand new set of tires...


I had a rough idea of what I was looking for, but I wasn't totally sure just yet. My first stop was the Ford dealer where I took my vehicle in for service. I wasn't totally convinced I wanted to stay in the Ford family, but I figured it was a start. I found a model I liked but wasn't quite ready to pull the trigger so quickly. I hadn't even told my wife yet of the situation.

After making my way home to discuss matters with the missus, we started to look around for other dealers with inventory of the make and model I was after. It is a pain in the butt to have to go to each dealer's website and check their inventory. That's when I thought there had to be an easier way...


That's where Cars.com comes into play. Instead of going to each individual dealer's website, I can visit the one site and search all over the place. And, to my benefit, I was able to find a newer model vehicle with less mileage for the same price as the original vehicle I found locally. The option set was totally different but most of the options I didn't need or would never use, even if I thought they were cool to have. What Cars.com allowed me to do though was not limit myself to just Ford dealers. The vehicle I ended up getting I found at a Honda dealer instead. Without an easy way to check inventory online across dealerships, there would have been no reason for me to search for a used Ford at a Honda dealer.


I might have narrowed my search for Make and Model vehicle quickly but, if you're not so sure, you can also do research at Cars.com to help you find just the right model for you. Don't rush too quickly into a deal or a specific make and model. You can very easily do some research at Cars.com so you can better limit your selection without having to drive around to three to five dealers before you make a purchase.



Hopefully, these tips will help you find the right car for you at the right price. It is important to do your research, utilize different resources, know your stuff, and take your time when car shopping. Following these tips will help your with your purchase. Doing something as little as looking up similar car prices can save you thousands of dollars. Purchasing a car doesn’t have to complicated and stressful. The more you know about the process, the better off you will be. This list provides you with a great breakdown of how to get the most out of your money.


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