Tips: Buying & Service

Buying a Used Car, Truck or SUV?

If you've decided to buy a used car, you've already made a smart decision. You can get a car that's almost as good as a brand-new one, without suffering the depreciation that wallops new car buyers as soon as they drive the car off the lot. Used cars ? even those that are only one year old ? are 20 to 30 percent cheaper than new cars. But there are other good reasons to buy a used car:

  • Buying a used car means you can afford a model with more luxury/performance.
  • You'll save money on insurance.
  • The glut of cars coming off lease makes finding a near-new vehicle, or "cream puff," easy.
  • Bigger bargains are possible for the smart used car shopper.
Furthermore, the classic reasons to avoid used cars ? lack of reliability and the expense of repairs ? are less of an issue. Consider these related thoughts:
  • Used cars are more reliable today than ever before.
  • Some used cars are still under the factory warranty.
  • Most new car makers now sell certified used cars, which include warranties.
  • The history of a used car can easily be traced using the VIN number.
  • Financing rates for used cars have dropped in recent years.
  • If you buy from a private party, the negotiation process is less stressful.
True, you can't be the first one on the block with the trendiest vehicle. But your consolation will come with the knowledge that you got a great deal and made a smart financial decision. So read on, as we guide you along the road to used car happiness.
The smart shopper will consider how to finance the car at the beginning of the shopping process. This will avoid unpleasant surprises later in the game and help you make an unemotional decision that fits your budget.

                      
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You will need to estimate three figures that will guide you as you go shopping:

Monthly payment. If you are going to take out a loan, how much can you afford to pay each month?

Down payment. How much cash can you put down to reduce your monthly payments?

Purchase price of the car. Answering the first two questions will help you determine a realistic price range for your used car.

Once you've determined how much you can spend for a down payment, a monthly payment and the purchase price of the car, print out these figures. Later, in the heat of the moment, when you are negotiating for a used car, you might need to check the card to bring yourself back to earth.

Checklist:

  • Choose the right vehicle for you by making sure the car suits your needs.

  • Consider all cars in the class you have chosen (compact sedan, SUV, station wagon, etc.) .

  • Check it's reliability and consumer reviews. At Prestige, we'll provide you with such info.

  • Decide how much you have to spend on your vehicle purchase: down payment, monthly payment and purchase price. If you are financing the car, go to the top center of this page and predetermine your "Affordable monthly payment?" Make your selection fit your budget. Don't let a vehicle payment strap you!

  • Decide how you are going to finance your car: a bank, on-line lender or credit union. At Prestige we have many local banks, credit unions and several national lenders to secure the best possible loan for you.

  • Call the seller and verify the pertinent information. Get the VIN # and run a history report on the vehicle. At Prestige, we are happy to provide you with this information.

  • Test drive the car under your normal driving conditions. Preferable purchase from dealers who offers some warranty on there vehicles. Most of the vehicles come with factory or dealership warranty.

  • Negotiate your best deal. Prestige is easy to buy from. Prestige was the counties #1 retail sales leader for both 2007 -2011 selling over 3000 vehicles during this period. We buy nice vehicles, but we don't buy them to keep!

  • Read the contract carefully before signing and always make sure you get a clean title.

  • If you are trading in your old car, web site like KBB.com can give you a rough estimate of your "Trade-in Value".
  •  Once you've reached a good price, ask the salesperson to fax you a worksheet showing all the prices, taxes and fees.
  •   Bring your worksheet with you to the dealership so you can compare these numbers to the figures on the contract.
  • Inspect the car for dents, dings and scratches before taking final delivery.

Service Tips:

What services must be performed on your vehicle and why.

Regularly maintaining your vehicle is the best way to protect your investment.
Proper maintenance is essential to your safety and the safety of your passengers.

Service: Lube/Oil & Filter Change

Why: The oil and filter collects contaminants that will damage your engine if they are not removed regularly.

 

Service: Battery

Why: Battery terminals will corrode, causing a poor connection between the battery post and cable. An improper charge to the battery and a no start condition will result.


Service: Cooling System

Why: The cooling system service prevents corrosion which causes the cooling system to malfunction or fail.

 

Service: Rotate Tires

Why: To obtain maximum tire mileage and performance.


Service: Transmission

Why: The transmission oil collects contaminants that can damage your transmission

 

Service: Valve Adjustment

Why: Proper valve clearance is critical to maintain engine performance and fuel economy.


Service: Air Filter

Why: The air filter will become dirty, restricting air flow. This causes a loss of fuel economy and engine performance.

 

Service: Spark Plugs

Why: Spark plug electrodes will corrode and cause a loss of fuel economy and engine performance if not replaced.


Service: Brake Fluid Replacement

Why: Brake fluid is a hydroscopic fluid which absorbs moisture and will lead to premature failure of various brake system components.

 

Service: Brake Inspection (Front/Rear)

Why: Brake linings need to be checked for cracking, glazing, contamination and wear.


Service: Timing Belt Replacement

Why: Belts will wear and/or crack. This will result in belt breakage and engine damage.

 

Service: Parking Brake Adjustment

Why: Brake lining wear and cables will stretch causing the brake to malfunction.



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   10 Steps to Buying a Used Car

If you've decided to buy a used car, you've already made a smart decision. You can get a car that's almost as good as a brand-new one, without suffering the depreciation that wallops new car buyers as soon as they drive the car off the lot. Used cars ? even those that are only one year old ? are 20 to 30 percent cheaper than new cars. But there are other good reasons to buy a used car:

Step 1: Starting out.

Step 2: Locating the right used car.

Step 3: Used car bargains.

Step 4: Research your prospective used car.

Step 5: How much can you afford?

Step 6: Set up financing for your used car.

Step 7: Used car markets.

Step 8: Test driving a used car.

Step 9: Negotiating for a used car.

Step 10: Closing the deal.

10 Steps to Buying a Used Car "Checklist" 

 






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