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 Lexington, KY

Tight budget? Buying used is a great option for shoppers who want to find a quality vehicle without a high price tag. At Don Jacobs Honda, our inventory offers affordable used cars from a range of manufacturers, including Honda, BMW, Chevrolet, Toyota and Volkswagen. No matter what type of vehicle you're looking for, we've got something for everyone — from sedans and SUVs to hatchbacks and trucks. But before you start shopping, we want you to be prepared. Below, we've provided a list of what to do and what not to do when shopping for a used vehicle. Whether this is your first time shopping for a used vehicle or not, we hope you'll find this helpful as you begin your search for the perfect used car.

  1. Do Know Your Needs

    First things first: Have you carefully considered what you need in your next vehicle? With so many brands, body styles, sizes and amenities available, the choice may seem a bit overwhelming. Knowing how much cargo space, seats and features you want and need will help you narrow down your search. Want maximum space? You'll probably want to consider an SUV. Need a vehicle for hauling and towing? Check out our current lineup of pickup trucks.
  2. Do Research

    Now that you know what type of vehicle will suit your lifestyle, it's time to do some research. Make a list of deal-breakers to further narrow down your search. Then, find out which makes and models have the type of features and capabilities you're looking for.
  3. Do Know How Much You Can Afford

    Before you start shopping, it's important that you have a realistic budget in place. This can be one of the most challenging aspects of buying a used car — you may find a vehicle that offers all the features you want, but finding one that also fits your budget may be difficult. Don't forget to include in your budget the cost of maintenance, which will vary depending on the type of vehicle you choose.
  4. Don't Trade In A Car That's Worth Less Than You Owe On It

    Something that can become a significant burden is negative equity, also known as being "upside down." This means that your vehicle is worth less than you currently owe on it. If you trade in this vehicle for another vehicle, the old loan may be combined with the new loan, resulting in you having to pay off the debt of two cars at once. Find out how much your vehicle may be worth before you trade it in — Kelley Blue Book® is a great resource.
  5. Don't Rush Your Test-Drive

    Once you've found a vehicle that you're interested in buying, make sure you take the time to inspect it before you make your final decision. Pay attention to how it handles on the test drive and look out for any red flags in its performance and condition. Ask questions, and make sure it has all the features you need and want before buying.

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 Don Jacobs Honda at 2699 Regency Rd., Lexington, KY 40503. We look forward to serving our customers from Frankfort, Berea and Georgetown.

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