What to Ask Before You Buy a Car

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June 12, 2024
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What to Ask Before You Buy a Car

If you're in the market for a new car, ask the right questions and watch out for red flags that could indicate trouble. Milex Complete Auto Care’s car buying guide can help ensure you get a vehicle that meets your needs.

Buying a new car can strain your finances, so you want to get the most bang for your buck. Although high inventory is causing new and used car prices to drop, buying a car is still costly. According to Kelley Blue Book, a new car sold for an average of $47,401 in January, and the average used car went for $26,510.

When car shopping, don’t be swayed by flashy colors or fun accessories, and avoid dealerships with pushy sales tactics. Be sure to ask the following questions:

1. What's Included in the Price?
Find out what the listed price covers. It may or may not include additional fees for registration, taxes, dealer prep, or other charges. Make sure you understand the total cost.

2. What Does the Warranty Cover?
A comprehensive warranty provides peace of mind, especially for newer models. Learn about the manufacturer's warranty, its duration, and what it covers. Ask about any additional warranties or extended service plans offered by the dealer.

3. What Features and Options Are Available?
Ask about standard features and optional upgrades. Determine which features are essential for you and which could increase the car's value.

4. What's the Fuel Efficiency?
Even though the number of people working remotely is rising, commuting is still commonplace. The average American’s commute is 25.6 minutes each way, and high fuel costs can strain your budget. Learn about the miles per gallon (MPG) for city and highway driving to estimate fuel costs.

5. What's the Vehicle's Safety Rating?
Understand the car's safety rating and features, such as airbags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic stability control.

6. What Financing Options Are Available?
If you plan to finance your purchase, ask about available loan options, interest rates, and terms. Compare dealer financing with other lenders to find the best deal.

7. What's the Resale Value?
Some cars retain their value better than others. Ask the dealer about the expected resale value and any factors that could influence it over time.

8. Are There Any Discounts or Incentives?
Dealerships often offer promotions, rebates, or incentives. Ask if any current discounts could lower the overall cost or provide additional benefits.

Used Car Tips
When shopping for a used car, ask the same questions, but you’ll want to add a few additional topics to your list. Find out about previous owners, accident history, and major repairs or modifications. A clean history report is a good sign, but if there's a record of accidents or extensive repairs, be wary. Ask if the car has been serviced regularly — consistent maintenance is key.

Once you've narrowed your used car options, turn to Milex for a thorough inspection. Even if the car seems fine, a professional check can uncover issues that aren't immediately apparent. Milex's skilled technicians can assess the car's condition and examine the engine, transmission, brakes, and suspension. Our detailed inspection helps you avoid potential headaches and ensures you make a smart investment.

Milex: A Trusted Partner
Once you make your purchase, we offer a wide range of services and have built a reputation for reliability and customer satisfaction. Whether you need routine maintenance, a diagnostic check, or extensive repair, Milex can handle it. Our comprehensive approach to car care makes them a trusted partner for any car owner.

Milex can help you create a maintenance plan for your new vehicle. Regular oil changes, tire rotations, and brake checks are essential for keeping your car in top condition. Proper maintenance extends your car’s life and helps retain its resale value.

Find your local Milex to ensure your car is road ready.

 

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