Top 7 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Used Ride

car questionsBuying a car is a huge investment that requires considerable financial planning and research, before walking into a dealership. New cars with the latest features and technologies tend to be incredibly expensive, especially if you want a vehicle like an SUV, crossover, or minivan for accommodating your family. Where some have the cash reserves to buy a new ride, others may face significant trouble. This is where buying a used ride proves to be a smart choice.

Besides, with the state of the economy, price of gas, and cars losing their value the minute you drive it off the lot, shelling out that extra cash for a brand new car is rather unwise decision. Used cars can be just as fuel-efficient, safe, and secure. It also saves you from tossing your cash into the car’s fuel tank. You can easily buy a vehicle in good condition from renowned dealers like Allentown Kia for under $20k or even $10k! However, it is imperative that you do all your homework before reaching a final decision.

So, look at these top 7 questions to ask before buying a used ride (from dealers or private sellers).

1.      “Can you tell me why you’re selling this car?”

If you’re buying a used car from a private seller, it is imperative that you ask them why they want to sell the car. Used car dealerships often do not know the reason, but all private sellers you find through car classifieds, Craigslist, or eBay are bound to provide you an answer. It’s sometimes rather interesting to learn about why a person might want to sell a particular car. Mostly, people sell their old cars for cash, but some vehicle owners might have registration issues, unpaid taxes, etc. Make sure you know if the price is fair and understand what you’re getting into.

2.      “How many miles has it been driven?”

If the mileage is lower than say 5,000 per year or higher than 20,000, make sure to ask why. Bear in mind that car mileage plays an important role in determining the value of a used car. However, don’t think that high mileage necessarily means the vehicle is in poor condition. If mileage is high because the owner had long highway commutes, it’s actually better than stop-and-go driving and short trips. Low mileage is good, but not a guarantee of proper vehicle care. In addition, odometers of cars can be tampered with. This is why you must always ask about mileage.

3.      “Will you allow a test drive? “

When it comes to purchasing a used vehicle, it is highly advised for you to take a test run. This should go without saying that if you do not drive a car; you never know what issues/problems it might be give after you purchase it. Used car dealerships shouldn’t have any problem in letting you test drive the vehicle around town to get a better idea. Private sellers, however, might be a little hesitant of the idea. This is why you must ask them to accompany you on the short test drive. This is essential for noticing problems, while also ensuring if the car is a good fit for you.

4.      “Will you allow me to make my own inspection?”

Most dealers like Allentown Kia ensure that each vehicle added into their inventory undergoes a rigorous and thorough inspection process to highlight any existing/potential issues and fix them immediately. Therefore, if any vehicle doesn’t meet the quality standards, they aren’t added to the list. However, not all dealers or private sellers follow the same protocol. This makes it crucial for you to bring your own licensed and trusted mechanic to conduct a thorough visual and mechanical analysis of the vehicle’s condition, engine, features, accessories, chassis, and other vehicle parts. This way, you can ensure the car you’re buying is in good condition, or requires certain repairs, which should be reflected in the overall price of the car.

5.      “Is there a warranty on the car? “

If you are planning to buy a used car from a dealership, look for certified vehicles. Dealerships like Allentown Kia offer a 172-multipoint inspection process on vehicles that are under five years of age and have been driven for only 20,000 miles. Most of these cars can be purchased with extended warranties and roadside assistance. However, if you’re buying a used car from private seller, unless there’s an existing factory warranty, the car is typically sold as-is. This makes it crucial for you to find out whether the car you’re buying has warranty or not.

6.      “What is the vehicle’s history? “

Regardless of whether you are buying from a dealership or private seller, it is imperative that you ask for a complete vehicle’s history. Private sellers might have trouble providing you with the vehicle’s history. This is where you have to use the assistance of sites like Autocheck and CARFAX® to get a complete history report using the VIN# of the car. When you purchase from dealerships though, you do get a complete history report, minus the hassle.

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7.      “Are you the original owner of this car?”

If you want to leverage quality, then make sure to ask this question from private sellers. It’s always best to choose a vehicle that is first-owner. If a car has been used by different owners over a short period of time, consider looking for another vehicle. First-owner vehicles guarantee that the vehicle is driven by only one person, meaning it would be better maintained. Dealerships like Allentown Kia offer an entire inventory of first-owner vehicles. Make sure to check the list out and find a vehicle that best suits your needs and requirements.

Also, make sure to ask about what features the car comes equipped with, does it have complete maintenance or service records, and if the car has ever been in an accident (think twice about buying a vehicle that’s been in a serious crash).

9 Great Things about Owning a Kia Vehicle

There are lots of different car brands to buy from. When you’re searching for a vehicle to buy, they might all start to blend together. What really makes on brand different from another brand? Does it really matter which brand you ultimately buy from? It does matter. What each brand has to offer you is going to vary based on that brand and its commitment to making quality products. Here are nine of the best things about buying a Kia:

1. Good value for the price – Looking at Kia’s lineup of vehicles, one of the first things you will notice is that most of them are less expensive than comparable vehicles from other brands. You get everything you get when you buy from another brand, but you get it a lower price. This goes for our higher-end, luxury vehicles too. This provides you with two options, you can either buy a lower priced vehicle and save your money or you can spend the same amount you would have spent at another brand, but you will get a better car, with more features, than you would have gotten had you chosen a different brand.

2. Better warranties – There is just about no other brand in the industry right now that can offer you a better warranty than what you get when you choose Kia. Kia had one of the very first ten-year, 100,000 mile warranties and is still offering great warranties to their buyers. The length of these warranties proves how much Kia believes in their vehicles, especially when you consider that most vehicles, at most, have a five year warranty, with some brands offering as few as three years for a warranty.

kia optima hybrid3. Environmentally friendly options – If you want to buy an environmentally friendly vehicle, Kia is a great brand to purchase from. Not only do our sedans and SUVs have some of the best gas mileage in their classes, we also offer a Kia Optima Hybrid and a Soul EV that are both actually affordable and will save you gas—or make it possible to never buy gas again. If you’re interested in something a little more environmentally friendly, whether you just want to save at the pump or you want to do your part to protect the environment, we have a great option for you.

4. Premium styling and design – When you buy a less expensive car, you might think that you are going to buy something that looks and feels cheap. The opposite is actually true when you own a Kia vehicle. Just as much time has gone into perfecting the design and styling on our least expensive sedan as goes into perfecting our most expensive, premium vehicle. There are also options like the Soul, which have no rivals on the market. If you’re looking for something that looks totally unique, a Kia vehicle can provide you with exactly that.

5. Lots of options – When you buy a Kia vehicle, you do not just have a wide variety of different models to choose from, you also have a huge variety of individual options on those vehicles. If you want better material on your seats, you can usually get it. If you want a particular color, you can get that, too. One of the jobs of our Kia dealership is to make sure that you get exactly the vehicle you want, with all of the features you need, right down to the perfect color.

6. Futuristic styling – We’ve all seen cars that are only a few years old and already look outdated. Instead of following trends, Kia opts to choose clean, modern styling that is sure to look just as great on the first day you purchase your car as it does ten years later. We use the very best technology and the very best styling, both inside and out, so that your vehicle stands the test of time.

7. Better quality – There are lots of brands that cut corners to save money, but continue charging high prices for their vehicles. Kia does the opposite. Instead of cutting corners, they perfect each aspect of each vehicle, and then cut the price so that the driver gets the very best possible value of their car, without having to sacrifice quality. Over the years, Kia has won award after award, praising this company for their high quality vehicles. If you’re looking for something that is going to be able to grow with you as your life changes, Kia is a great option.

8. Versatile – Whether you need a car for summer road trips or you need something for commuting or you need something for running errands around town, there is a Kia vehicle that is right for you. In fact, the same vehicle could be perfect for all three of these uses. Instead of playing only a single role, instead of only being useful for families and having no function for single professionals, Kia strives to be as versatile as possible, offering as much as possible to as many different drivers as possible.

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9. Safer – Kia has worked hard to make sure that their vehicles adhere to the very best safety standards and that they have the most modern and technologically-advanced safety features in the business. From features that help you stay in lane, to those that actually slow down or stop your car for you if you are approaching an obstacle too quickly, you will be safer driving one of these vehicles than driving anything else!