The do's and don'ts of buying a used car
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Do's & Don'ts Of Buying A Used Car in Lansing, MI

Ready to replace your vehicle with something better? Buying used has many benefits, especially if you want to save money. However, finding the right used vehicle can be a confusing process. We're here to help you. Check out our list of the do's and don'ts of buying a used car

  1. Do Know Your Needs

    With so many body styles, features and amenities available, where do you start your used car search? Narrow down categories like how much cargo space, passenger seating or towing capacity you need. This will help you figure out what type of vehicle you want.
  2. Do Research

    The next step is to make a list of your deal-breakers in a used vehicle. Research different models and makes that have all your desired amenities and features.
  3. Do Know How Much You Can Afford

    The hardest decision can be setting your budget. You may have found a vehicle that ticks all your boxes, but choosing one that you can afford can be more difficult. When financing, you should put about 20 percent down, limit the term to no more than 60 months and keep your monthly payment below 10 percent of your income. It's also important to consider the cost of regular and unexpected maintenance, as this can be more costly for some cars.
  4. Don't Trade In A Car That's Worth Less Than You Owe On It

    You don't want to get stuck with negative equity. The balance of your old loan may be consolidated into the new car's loan amount, meaning you could be paying the debt of two cars in one, big loan. Before trading in your car, research what it may be worth.
  5. Don't Rush Your Test-Drive

    Instead of breezing through the test drive, take the time to familiarize yourself with how the car handles and make sure you enjoy it. Play with the various features, look around the vehicle and ask questions. You should also check that the car has enough space for everything you need.

If you have any questions about what you need to do before buying a used car or would like to test drive any of our quality used cars, please feel free to contact us or stop by Spartan Toyota at 5701 S. Pennsylvania Ave. Lansing, MI 48911. We look forward to serving our customers from Williamston, DeWitt, Jackson, Brighton and Mount Pleasant.