Once you decide you’ve found the used vehicle that you want to add to your family, it’s time to start asking some questions. And to make sure you’re getting exactly what you want, you need to ask the right ones.

To give drivers in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach a better idea of what questions need to be asked when buying a used car, our team at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine has put together this guide.

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How Many Miles Are on the Car?

One of the first questions you should ask before buying used is how many miles are on the vehicle. How many miles a vehicle has can tell you a lot about its condition and how long you can expect to have it for. This will help you plan for your future.

Knowing the mileage of the vehicle will also tell you a lot about the value. Used cars with really high mileages may not run as long, so they shouldn’t cost as much as used cars with low mileages.

What Features Does the Car Have?

Once you have a better idea of how many miles are on the vehicle, you’ll want to think about the vehicle’s features. Does it have a V6 engine? Does it have power adjustable seats? Ask to look around the vehicle.

One tip we can recommend is making a list of features you need and want. Have it handy throughout your car buying journey so you get exactly what you want.

How Does the CARFAX® Look?

With all the features you need, the next thing to think about is what kind of history the vehicle has in terms of how many, if any, accidents, it’s been in. This is important to know in case anything ever goes wrong with the vehicle once you buy it.

This information could help you fix problems that may occur in the future and it could also help you determine whether or not this is the vehicle for you.

Are There Any Safety Recalls Pertaining to This Vehicle?

Checking to see if there are any safety recalls on the used vehicle you’re looking at is important because you’ll want to be driving the safest car possible. Many times, cars with safety recalls do not get fixed and stay out on the road. Make this question one of the ones you ask to ensure that you take home a safe used vehicle.

If you forget to ask this question when you’re at the dealership, you can always use online resources like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recall database to check, as well.

Now, Let’s Find You Your Next Used Car!

We at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore Irvine believe this guide will help you get all the information you need to find your next pre-owned vehicle. Ready to get started?

Used car shoppers in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach should contact us today to see what else we can do for you on your used car-buying journey!