Imagine that you just bought a used car, you’re just entering college, and you’ve been invited to an event that you absolutely do not want to miss. There’s just one problem: when you went to the parking lot to start the car, it just would not start. You thought you got a good deal, but the $1500 dollars you spent didn’t buy anything but a lemon. If you’re not careful, this is what could happen to you if you don’t do your research ahead of time.
Considerations for Buying Your First College Car
There are a few things to consider before going out to a used car dealership to find what you want. The very first thing that will come to mind is how much money you can spend and how much you can get approved for when trying to finance a vehicle. You obviously don’t want to buy a lemon, so you need to consider some resources such as Carfax, which is known to produce a vehicle’s history for a small fee.
This resource is invaluable to someone looking to buy a used car but wants to know how many problems the vehicle has encountered: everything from what type of work the car needed to what resources were required to fix it up. Additionally, you can find out how many owners the vehicle has had and where. Mike Duman can help you to do that research.
There are a lot of other factors to consider, though, not just money. You’re going to want a safe vehicle, especially if you’re a concerned parent who thinks of nothing but the safety of their newly enrolled college student. A vehicle that is safe is a big consideration here, and there are lots of factors that go into safety. From the size of the vehicle to safety features, you’re going to have to dig a little to get down to the vehicle that is right for you. Typically, larger cars are safer when it comes to potential accidents, as small ones often incur more severe damages. Also, standard safety features for cars manufactured after 2013 include features such as anti-lock brakes. Depending on where you live, those standard safety features also include stability and traction control. Looking for a vehicle manufactured in 2013 or later can go a long way for your peace of mind.
You can find a lot of information about used cars on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA) or just try some consumer reports on the vehicles you’re considering.
Financing Options and Used Car Dealerships
If you’re just getting started with your credit, you have a few options. Choosing a cosigner for a small loan is one of those options. Choosing a dealership such as Mike Duman Auto Super Store—which has over 20 years of experience dealing with all types of credit, with the most extensive options available to consumers—isn’t a bad idea. They also have an autobody shop that can take care of any problem you may have with your vehicle as well. With options such as extended warranties and being able to fix the car in case of an accident, they are an all-in-one dealership that offers all the best features.
The best advice to give you, though, is to make an informed and well-researched decision when choosing your first car. Buying your first car is always an exciting venture. When money is tight because you’re just starting, dealerships with tenure and options available to all consumers may be the best decision you ever make. We can offer late models with features such as warranties and inspections, may be able to produce car history reports for you, and may offer you package deals that are hard to refuse. Mike Duman also has wider available financing options than other dealerships with millions of dollars at their disposal for potential buyers and a larger selection of financing options. Contact us today.