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March 26th, 2024 by

What to Look for When Buying a Used Vehicle

What to Look for When Buying a Used Vehicle

Buying a Used Car Shouldn’t Be Difficult

Buying a used car is an exceptional way to drive a late model vehicle that you love, while saving thousands of dollars off the price of a new one. Because of Honda’s legendary reputation of reliability, safety, and residual value, our vehicles make exceptional used cars.

However, used vehicles sometimes get a bad reputation for being problematic. This is largely because a used vehicle’s reliability, performance, and fuel economy will largely hinge on how it was treated and maintained by its previous owner.

If you know what to look for, buying a pre-owned vehicle can be an easy experience. Here at Honda of Ocala, we feature a wide variety of quality used vehicles that you are free to come in and test drive. We even have a hand-selected inventory of certified pre-owned vehicles that come with a new level of peace of mind. Let’s take a look at what to look for when buying a used vehicle, and be sure to come into Honda of Ocala today for the widest selection of quality used cars, trucks, and SUVs.

A Few Things to Check Before Buying a Used Honda

Do Your Research
One of the foundations of successfully purchasing a used car is to conduct your research. Doing your research not only helps you uncover various packages and options available in the used vehicle that you’re looking for, but it can also help you gain an idea of what you should expect to pay for your next used car.

Check the Vehicle History Report
A vehicle history report can give key insight into a vehicle’s past. Not only will you be able to see things like how many previous owners a vehicle has had, but you may also see potential red flags like previous accidents, and its title status. For example, if a vehicle has reported flood damage, you would find that in the vehicle history report.

Test Drive
Always test drive a used vehicle. The step of the car buying process is where you may notice any abnormalities like rough idle, exhaust smoke, and other strange behaviors that could be an indicator of mechanical defects.

Do an Inspection
If you are buying from a private seller, always get a pre-purchase inspection completed by an independent mechanic. An independent inspection could reveal unreported water damage, unreported accident damage, and mechanical defects that the seller may have forgotten to mention.

Consider Buying Certified Pre-Owned

A certified pre-owned Honda offers added peace of mind thanks to its extensive vetting and benefits that stay with you for the long haul. Here are some of the perks of buying a certified pre-owned Honda:

  • 182-point inspection
  • Less than five model years old, less than 80,000 miles
  • The remainder of the original four-year / 50,000 warranty
  • 7 year/100,000 mile Powertrain Warranty
  • Complimentary roadside assistance

Drive Home in a Quality Pre-Owned Car Today

We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of things to consider before buying a used car, but now it’s time for you to come in and explore your favorite used model for yourself. At Honda of Ocala, we have a wide selection of quality used Honda vehicles for you to choose from, while our Finance Center works with a team of allies to get you on the road with an affordable monthly payment. We’re located in Ocala, near Huntington, and Belleview, FL! We welcome you to come into our Honda dealership and discover how easy it is to get a great deal on a quality used Honda today!

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