Shopping for used cars takes time. Unlike shopping for a new car that has never been owned and driven before, the used car inventory — although larger — is often an unknown commodity. To find the best used cars in the Crestwood area, here are a few tips that will help.
Decide What You Want and Need
When buying a used car, you have to set a budget, decide who is going to drive the car, where will the car be driven, and what technology and safety features are important. Once you have answers to these questions you have, by default, narrowed your choice.
Evaluate Your Choices
Now that you have narrowed the field, you can begin to evaluate your choices. At this time you can start thinking about the trim, engine size, fuel efficiency, etc. This is a good time to begin reading online reviews.
Search for Specific Cars
It is not difficult to tap into dealers’ current inventories; this information is available from those dealers with a well-thought-out and useful website.
Review the Car
It is time to visit the dealership and see the car or cars that you have shortlisted. Try to visit during the day; if there are any exterior imperfections, they will show up better in natural light. Have a good look outside, inside, and under the hood. Check the upholstery to see if it is clean and in good condition. Test the electronics, including sound system, power seats, windows, and mirrors.
Take a Test Drive
When you take the car out for a test drive, use roads that you normally travel. Pay attention to the suspension, listen for excessive wind-rush noise, and pay attention to the handling characteristics. This is the time to put the car through “real world” driving to ensure it meets your expectations.
When you are looking for the low mileage used cars in excellent condition, visit Hawk Ford of Oak Lawn near Crestwood.