Are you in the Huntsville, Florence, or Cullman, AL, area and want to buy a used car? Century Automotive is here to help. If you're unsure where to start, our team has put together this step-by-step guide on buying a used car. Give it a read to get started on the exciting car-buying process with us.

Step 1: Decide Your Budget

First, you'll want to figure out what your budget for your next vehicle will be. This includes deciding if you'll be applying for financing. If you know how much you want to spend but aren't sure how it breaks down per month, use our online payment calculator to get a monthly estimate.

It can help to factor in car insurance and what you expect your monthly gas totals and maintenance might be.

Step 2: Find Your Next Vehicle

You can shop for used vehicles in a variety of places, including our dealership. You can swing by or shop online. Many dealerships, including ours, have their used inventory on their website. Take a look to find a vehicle that feels right for your lifestyle.

You can even get a look at our vehicles' history reports and records. This will give you an idea of the used car's history, including mileage, the previous number of owners, accident reports, and more.

Step 3: Test Drive Your Favorite Car

When you've found a vehicle you like, it's time to schedule a test drive. Trying it out will give you an idea of how the car feels on the road and, importantly, if you like driving it. You can also ask our team any other questions you might have about the vehicle, so you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Step 4: Apply for Financing

The next step is to apply for financing. You can do this on our website by using our online finance application. You can fill that out, and our team will get to work figuring out what financing options work best for you.

If you have a vehicle you're thinking of trading in, you can get an estimate of its worth by using our Value Your Trade tool. Input some contact and vehicle information, and our team will give you an estimate of what your vehicle is worth. When you trade in your old car, you can even apply the money you get to your vehicle purchase.

Step 5: Finalize Your Deal and Drive Away Happy!

Once you've chosen a financing option, you can work with a member of our team to finalize your deal. You can negotiate price, trade in your old vehicle, and lock in your vehicle's rate.

Once you finalize your deal and sign the paperwork, you can drive away in your next car!

Find Your Next Used Vehicle With Us Today

We at Century Automotive hope drivers from Huntsville, Florence, and Cullman, AL, found this step-by-step guide to buying a used car helpful. If you're looking to stop by and see our inventory, feel free to come on down.

See a vehicle you like in our online inventory? Contact us to schedule a test drive. We are excited to work with you to find your next vehicle.

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Century Automotive Group

3800 University Dr NW
Directions Huntsville, AL 35816-3166

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