At Century Automotive, we want to make the car-buying process as simple as possible for our friends in Huntsville, Florence, and Cullman. So, we put together this list of 10 steps to buying a used car. Read carefully through and contact our dealership with any questions you may have.

  1. Check Your Credit

Once you've decided you're ready to get behind the wheel of a used car, the first step is to check your credit. It's crucial to check early to detect any inaccuracies, allowing you ample time to make corrections.

  1. Value Your Trade

Considering trading in your current vehicle? Find out its value with our helpful online tool. Learning the value of your car allows you to better understand what type of rate you can expect.

  1. Explore Your Options

The next step is to browse our online inventory to see what's currently available. Refine your search based on make, equipped features, and mileage to easily find the car best suited to you.

  1. Consider a Certified Pre-Owned Model

During your search, you may come across certified pre-owned models. These vehicles have strict requirements and must pass a rigorous multi-point inspection. So, if you're looking for a high-quality used car, contact our dealership to learn more about this program.

  1. Research the Right Car for You

Once a used or certified pre-owned vehicle catches your eye, it's time to research. Researching the car that you're interested in is essential to gaining a better sense if it suits your needs.

  1. Check the Vehicle History Report

After narrowing down your options, speak to a member of our sales team about seeing a history report to gain a comprehensive look at your desired ride.

  1. Take a Test Drive

The next step is to meet with a sales associate to take a test drive of any vehicle of your choosing to experience its performance firsthand.Ask us any questions you have to guarantee you're making a well-informed decision.

  1. Prepare for Financing

Once you've decided which vehicle you want to get behind the wheel of, it's time to prepare for financing. Bring your driver's license, proof of insurance, recent pay stubs, and your form of payment with you to our finance center. Contact us today with any questions.

  1. Meet with a Financier

After gathering the necessary documents, you're ready to sit down with one of our financiers to discuss your options. We'll take the time to explore all your possibilities so you can find a rate you'll feel confident about.

  1. Finalize Your Deal

Work with one of our financiers to select the best plan for you and lock in your rate!

Visit Our Used Car Dealership Today!

Now that you've learned the 10 steps to buying a used car, you're ready to get started! The sales and finance teams at Century Automotive are here to help our neighbors in Huntsville, Florence, and Cullman every step of the way. So, when you're ready, stop by our showroom! 

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Century Automotive Group

3800 University Dr NW
Directions Huntsville, AL 35816-3166

  • Sales: (888) 713-4061
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  • Monday 9:00am to 7:00pm
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  • Friday 9:00am to 7:00pm
  • Saturday 9:00am to 6:00pm
  • Sunday Closed