14 Questions to ask your used cars salesman

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Regardless of how much car knowledge you have, buying a used car requires asking the dealer dozens of questions. If you’re not an expert, it’s important to read up ahead of time and be informed when you shop. Here are a few questions to ask that’ll help you avoid the common mistakes people make when buying a used car.

  1. Is the title clear?
    1. In other words, does the vehicle have a salvage title?
  2. Has the vehicle ever been in an accident?
  3. Where did it come from?
    1. A private owner (if so, how many owners?) or commercial?
  4. Is the powertrain all original?
  5. Does the vehicle come with any warranty? Can I buy an extended warranty?
  6. Are there any known defects? Have there been any recalls on this model?
  7. Is there/has there ever been any chassis rust or damage?
  8. Does it have a timing chain or a timing belt?
    1. Belts need be replaced every 100,000 miles, and it’s expensive.
  9. What’s the finance rate?
  10. Are all the accessories included?
    1. (Spare tire, jack, tool kit, tie down points, floor mats, etc.
  11. What is your history as a seller?
    1. Checking Yelp is never a bad idea.
  12. Is that the best price you can offer? What’s your “out the door price”?
  13. How old are the tires? Have any of them been repaired? Does the vehicle come with a spare?
    1. If you find yourself in the market for a new set of tires, just come see us at TireBuyer. We make it easy for you to find the right size and best match for your vehicle. Select a TireBuyer installer near you for FREE DELIVERY of your tires and/or wheels, directly to the shop you choose. Then just go to the tire shop for quick, easy installation.
  14. How much will my car payments be?
    1. Here’s a tip – don’t ask the dealer this question. Instead, use a car payment calculator to calculate payments based on your credit rating, the vehicle price, and your repayment plan. Fill out a few boxes, and voilà! You have the car payment estimate.

We hope these questions are helpful as you start shopping for the perfect used car. Good luck out there!

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