Used Car FAQs
Buying a used car is a great way to save money. Many first-time car buyers or drivers who are budget-conscious choose used cars from Bert Ogden Auto Outlet. If you have never purchased a used car — or any car at all— you might have a few questions. Our sales staff will be happy to answer any questions you have about the buying process or about specific models on our lot, but you can also peruse some frequently asked questions to get a head start.
Q: How can I learn about the vehicle’s history?
A: Knowing the background of a used car, truck, or SUV is crucial. You should review all service records for the vehicle in question to ensure it was properly maintained by previous owners. You can also obtain a vehicle history report that will have information on all previous accidents and repairs.
Q: Can I have a mechanic examine the car?
A: We thoroughly inspect all the vehicles that are on our lot, but we highly encourage every potential customer to take the vehicle out on a test drive to a trusted mechanic to do their own third-party inspection. We know that having your trusted mechanic give you a thumbs up will increase your confidence in your purchase, and we always want our drivers to feel good driving off the lot.
Q: How do I know if a price for a used vehicle is fair?
A: We price our vehicles based on the going rate for the year, make, model, demand, and condition of the vehicle. The same resources available to us are available to you online. Kelley Blue Book is an industry favorite; they do a good job of letting you know what you can expect to get when purchasing a used vehicle.
Q: Are there downsides to buying used?
A: Buying a used car, truck, or SUV means you won’t be the first driver of a specific model, but it also means you avoid taking the tremendous hit on depreciation that new cars take as soon as they leave the lot. Today’s used models are much better than the used cars of 30 years ago. Because of major industry advancements, even older used models have great fuel economy and safety technologies. You can also read online reviews for used models to determine if they were famous for particular issues or to see if, over the years, drivers generally had good experiences.
If you have any more questions about buying a used car from Bert Ogden Auto Outlet, feel free to call us.