Used Cars Orange County: Getting The Best Deal
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re looking to buy a pre-owned vehicle--just a quick glance online reveals the thousands of used cars Orange County has to offer. A smart buyer wants to own the car that meets her needs, at the best price. So what are some things you can do to ensure that you’ll find the perfect ride for your lifestyle.
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1. Choose The Type Of Car You’re Interested In Decide what make of vehicle you’re interested in. Once you know that, let considerations like seating, towing capacity, fuel economy, and size guide you to the appropriate model. At Toyota of Orange, while we admit that we’re partial to the reliability, long-term value, and performance of Toyotas, we receive hundreds of trade-ins every month from all makers, and we’re always ready to help you choose a model that fits your lifestyle.
2. Decide What Costs You’re Comfortable With For most buyers, their budget is what determines which cars they’re looking at. But don’t get stuck on the sticker price when deciding whether a particular car is a good financial fit. Consider all the costs associated with the vehicle, such as: ● cost to insure ● cost of financing ● cost to drive/fuel economy ● cost of anticipated maintenance ...and any other costs you might reasonably anticipate, such as replacing the tires. Once you’ve totalled these costs, your “bargain” might not look so good after all. (One advantage of buying a used car through a reputable dealer like Toyota of Orange is that we can answer a lot of these questions for you.)
3. Evaluate The Vehicle Once you’ve chosen the make and model that fits your lifestyle and made certain that the costs fit into your budget, it’s time to take the car for a test drive. This is, for most buyers, where the final decision is made. Make sure you evaluate the car thoroughly during a test drive. If possible, drive the vehicle both at city traffic and highway speeds, test the braking and acceleration, and try parking the car to ensure that you like the visibility and handling. Make sure to bring any children’s car seats or large objects that you’ll be transporting regularly (for example, if you’re a musician and often need to drive with your cello) and test whether they will fit in the cargo area or back seat.
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If you’re buying from a private seller, this is the point where you would need to take the vehicle to get checked out by a qualified mechanic. If you’re buying from us, we’ve already had our on-site, factory-trained technicians evaluate the vehicle. You can be confident that you’re not buying a lemon.
About Toyota Of Orange At Toyota of Orange, we care about customer satisfaction. We always work with you to make sure you get the car you deserve, even if you have poor credit or no credit history. We offer both new and used vehicles, and we also have an impeccable service center. Let us help you find your next great car.
Sources: Used Car Buyer’s Checklist - www.cars.com How To Test-Drive A Car - www.edmunds.com
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