What Are the Things to Check When Buying a Used Car?

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Financing used vehicles has become a very popular alternative for many car shoppers today. Not only can you upgrade your vehicle to a newer used vehicle, but you can save a lot of money. But, if you want to get the most for the money you’re spending on it, it’s best to know what to check when buying a used car at Kia of Valencia.



At our Valencia location, our trained specialists can help you find the perfect vehicle for you today. Contact us at our Sylmar-area dealership or visit us for in-person service. Also, apply for financing with our finance center to see what deals and specials you can get today!

Checking Your Budget

Before learning what to check when buying a used car, you have to check if your finances are in order. You don’t want any unforeseen surprises when you sign off on the vehicle and can’t keep up with the monthly payments. Check out some budget things to check when buying a used car:

  • Check Your Budget: When you know how much money you can afford to spend, that will whittle away the vehicles that aren’t right for your budget. Use our payment calculator to find out your monthly payments. If you have a car to trade, our value your trade-in tool can help, too.
  • Check Automotive Reviews: Websites like Kelley Blue Book and J.D. Power and Associates can tell you how makes and model years have aged, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has vehicle safety information that covers many years. These sources can also give you information on the cost of ownership by make, model, and year. Figure that into your calculations from the first step.
  • Choose Your Year, Make, & Model: With your financial and vehicle information in hand, narrow your choices down to your top three makes and models. Use our vehicle finder to start the search for your perfect car!

What to Check When Buying a Used Car at Kia of Valencia

Once you have your budget in order, you have to know what things to check when buying a used car at our dealer near Filmore. There are a number of different things that you must keep in mind, such as:

  • Checking the Vehicle History Report: This can tell you far more than tire-kicking. You want to find a used car with the best possible maintenance record, preferably one that has a clean title and hasn’t been involved in any accidents. You can also verify the miles on the odometer with a vehicle history report, along with how many owners the vehicles had.
  • Test Drive: As with any vehicle, new or used, you’ll want to see how it feels to drive it in Valencia. Make sure it has the amount of power you want, responsive brakes, and that there aren’t any unusual noises or vibrations.
  • Inspection by a Mechanic: While every car in our used vehicle inventory has been inspected for dependability and safety by our service department, and our certified pre-owned vehicles have passed the inspection mandated by the manufacturer, you still have the right to have a vehicle inspected by the mechanic of your choice before you buy it.

Visit Kia of Valencia for Your Automotive Needs

Now that you know what to check when buying a car at our Valencia-area dealership, come down and select a used vehicle for yourself today. Contact us today for more information!


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