Finding Your Next CarIf you're wondering how to find the right used car, you're not alone. Drivers in the Mount Pocono, Scranton, and Blakeslee areas ask us that question all the time. Luckily, there are fives simple steps you can follow:

  1. Set a budget.
  2. Decide what you need.
  3. Work with a dealership.
  4. Check the vehicle history report.
  5. Take a test drive.

Check out this guide from the team at Ray Price Ford to learn more about each step and how to find the right used car for your drives around Tobyhanna and Pocono Pines.

1.Set a Budget

The first step in any car-buying journey is determining your budget. Doing so will help you clearly define your search parameters by giving you an idea of how much car you can afford and what kind of loan terms you need.

It's generally a good idea to keep your total car expenses at or below 20% of your monthly income. In addition to your monthly payment, this includes your maintenance and insurance costs as well as gas money.

2.Decide What You Need

Setting Your BudgetBefore you begin trying to find the right used car, you need to determine what that may be. If you regularly lead the carpool, you might need something like the 7-seat Ford Flex.

On the other hand, if you commute long distances into any of the nearby cities, the fuel-efficient Ford Fusion may be more your style with the available all-wheel drivetrain. Check out our online inventory to get an idea of what's available to you.

3.Work with a Dealership

While it's certainly an option to buy from a private seller, you'll likely find that a dealership has a lot more resources to offer. For example, dealerships carry an extensive inventory and have trained professionals available to talk you through your needs and help you find the right used car for you.

Dealerships also have a finance center team that can help you secure used car financing instead of paying the full cost upfront as you would in a private transaction. As a bonus, most dealerships carry a certified pre-owned (CPO) inventory of gently used cars that have been inspected, detailed, and come with a limited factory warranty. This can be a great way to get behind the wheel of a used car that likely still feels like new.

4.Check the Vehicle History Report

Looking at a Vehicle ReportWhether you're buying a used car from a private seller or a dealership, always be sure to ask for a vehicle history report (VHR) from a trusted source, such as AutoCheck®. These reports use the vehicle identification number (VIN) to keep an active record of the car's history. They include information like:

  • Number of previous owners 
  • Title and accident history 
  • Odometer readings and rollback alerts
  • Rebuilt or reconstructed parts and salvage title history

Many used car dealerships will offer the VHR for free with the cars in their inventory.

5.Find the Right Used Car by Taking a Test Drive

Of course, the best way to find the right used car is by getting behind the wheel and going for a test drive. This way, you can truly experience how it'll feel to drive the car around the Mount Pocono, Tobyhanna, and Scranton areas.

If you're ready to take the wheel of a used car in the Pocono Pines and Blakeslee areas, come to Ray Price Ford and we'll get this journey started.

Contact us to find your used car today!

 

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