Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used Car

Used cars are a great option if you're looking for a first car for your child or a reliable option to suit your lifestyle. When it comes time to buy a used car, there are a few questions you should be sure to ask. Century Automotive wants to help you be fully prepared and informed when it comes to selecting your next ride. So, we put together this list of the best questions to ask when buying a used model. Drivers in Huntsville, Florence, and Cullman, like you, should read through to learn more and contact us with any questions you may have.

Where Did the Car Come From?

Pre-owned vehicles come to our dealership in a variety of ways, the most common being trade-ins. However, we also receive cars previously used in lease agreements. When leasing a car, the driver agrees to essentially rent the vehicle for a set period of time. Usually leases last about two years long and come with yearly mileage restrictions. Therefore, if you purchase a previously leased vehicle, you may be getting a newer car with lower miles.

Is There a Vehicle History Report?

Some used cars may come with a vehicle history report detailing how many previous owners the car has had, along with any accidents and maintenance it has undergone. Sometimes parts have been replaced and updates have been made, so even if the car is older, its components may be newer. If this report is available, it's important you ask for it, so you can gain a comprehensive view of the car.

What Does Certified Pre-Owned Mean?

When searching for a used vehicle, you may notice that some cars are called "certified pre-owned." This title means the vehicle had to undergo specific requirements and extensive performance, engine, and condition tests. Essentially, certified pre-owned models are top-of-the-line used cars designed to give you a greater piece of mind. They typically come with special warranties and benefits as well, so contact our dealership if you're interested in learning more about this program.

Can I Take It for a Test Drive?

Tests drives are crucial when selecting your next used car. It's one thing for us to tell you about how much horsepower can be expected, but it's not the same as experiencing it. Make sure to take any car you're considering for a test drive to see how the vehicle performs and if you like certain features, like lumbar-supported front seats and entertainment displays. 

Visit Our Used Car Dealership in Huntsville AL

If you're on the market for a used car, consider our dealership. Our technicians thoroughly inspect every car that comes through our door to ensure it's in great condition. Our experienced service department also performs any needed maintenance and makes any replacements using genuine parts before the car becomes available to you. Contact us online or visit the showroom at Century Automotive today to meet with a member of our sales team who'll help find a used car suited to your Huntsville, Florence, and Cullman lifestyle.

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