Used cars for sale have many advantages over their new counterparts. Going beyond the lower price tag is the fact that the insurance and taxes are lower and they have already taken a depreciation hit. Moreover, they enable you to drive a nicer car then if you had bought a brand-new vehicle. This is especially true if you are looking at models that are only a few years old. Sport Auto Center is ready to help.

How to get your hands on the best used car for sale

The first step in purchasing a used car for sale is figuring out how much you can afford to spend. This means looking at your budget and determining not only how much savings to use for a down payment, but also deciding how to make the monthly loan payments.  When you are doing this, do not forget the costs of taxes, title, registration and insurance. The average for these expenses is 10% of the selling price.

Your next step is to do some homework. You need to find the vehicle that's right for you taking into account what you need the car to do (carpool, easy to park) and what features you would like to have in it. Then, combine the two. You should end up with a list of suitable cars. Use a comparison chart to further narrow down the list. Be sure to also check Kelley Blue Book in order to find the going values for each used car for sale you are looking into. You can also price out your current car for its trade in value.

When checking out used cars for sale, be sure to write down the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) which is a 17-digit code that is usually located on the top of the instrument panel, at the base of the windshield. Use it to check the title and to find out if there are major problems with the vehicle, including any past accidents, flood damage, or odometer discrepancies. You should also, request copies of the service records and have the vehicle inspected by a trusted mechanic before you buy the car. Finally, be sure to look at the car's recall history by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) website. If a car passes these tests, take it for a test drive, be prepared to negotiate, and do not forget to ask about an extended warranty.  

If you are looking at used cars for sale in the El Paso area, look no further than Sport Auto Center. They will go above and beyond to ensure purchasing your next vehicle is a dream.