Step-by-Step Guide on Buying a Used Vehicle
Shopping for and buying a used vehicle doesn’t have to be a complicated process, and here at Davey Auto Sales we always make it as easy as can be. It only takes a few simple steps from interest to driving home in a new-to-you car, truck, SUV or van. We’ve outlined the process in a basic step-by-step guide below, so you can follow along and shop without hassle. Everybody drives, and everybody deserves a quality vehicle, and it all starts here at Davey Auto Sales.
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1. Find Your Budget
As enticing as it may be to head out right away and shop for a vehicle just based on its looks and features, that’s not a realistic gameplan, especially if you want to stay within your financial means. The first step you should make is to formulate a budget, or budget range, so you know how much you can afford within your monthly finances, and thus will be able to narrow down your eventual pool of used vehicles.
2. Get Financing
The second step falls in line with finding your budget of what you reasonably believe you’ll be able to pay, and involves you getting pre-approved for an auto loan. Dealerships like ours at Davey Auto Sales make this process simple and easy as we can secure you a quality loan from accredited institutions. You can apply for credit online, and get your results quickly to be ready for the fun part of choosing a vehicle. Now that you know your budget and the rates you were approved for, it’s time to choose a vehicle.
3. Find a Vehicle Within Your Budget & Financing Terms
Once your budget and financing is squared away for the time being, now it’s time to find a vehicle that fits within those terms. Our Davey Auto Sales team will help you throughout the process in finding a vehicle that checks several boxes of being something you want to drive, with the features you need, within your budget and workable on your auto loan. Whether online or in-person, our inventory houses a wide selection of cars, trucks, SUVs, vans and more for your choosing.
4. Take the Vehicle for a Test Drive
Once you’ve found the vehicle you want (or have narrowed it down to a select few), it’s time to take it for a test drive! As fun as a test drive is, it’s all about getting to know the vehicle, which potentially could be yours, so there’s a few things to keep in mind. Plan ahead and know what’s important in a vehicle for you, what’s bothered you in the past so you can look out for it. Before you even take it out on the road, gauge your comfort inside. See how the seat feels, how it is to interact with the dashboard and controls, and if you’re going to have kids onboard pay specific attention to the rear seating and cargo space as well. After you’ve settled in, now it’s time to drive, and don’t just stick to closeby city streets, take it on as many different driving situations as possible, like in the country or on the highway, and head down a familiar route to feel how it drives on a road well known to you.
5. Inspect Your Desired Vehicle & History
Buying with Davey Auto Sales means you can rest assured about the quality of your vehicle. All of our vehicles are hand-picked for the best in quality and selection, whether you need a family vehicle or want a sports car. Not only that but our proprietary cleaning method ensures every vehicle looks showroom ready. Still, you should always take the time to look over the vehicle yourself for anything of note before purchase. We provide CARFAX Canada vehicle history reports with every vehicle, which provide important information on its service history, and should be an essential viewing of every purchase.
6. Close the Deal & Sign the Paperwork
Once you’ve found the vehicle you want, and it aligns within your available financing terms and budget, it’s time to close the deal, sign the paperwork and head home with your brand-new-to-you vehicle. Our Davey Auto Sales team, as they have throughout the entire process, will assist you every step of the way in putting the finishing touches on the sale, explaining everything you may have a question on, with no hidden fees.
Come to Davey Auto Sales and experience the best used vehicle shopping experience in Oshawa. See the Davey difference for yourself, featuring an extensive inventory of clean, hand-picked vehicles. Contact us to start your shopping journey, today.