Choosing a Used Car: Things to Consider

by | Jan 19, 2015 | Automotive


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If you are buying a used car, Lynnwood, WA car dealerships have a lot of variety. If you are thinking about this but haven’t yet gotten your heart set on a specific make and model of an automobile, the following information can help you with your search.

Price & Value

The price of a used car is a huge consideration for many. Beyond the price now, you’ll want to consider the potential resale value when the vehicle loan is paid off. If you buy a 10 year old car, truck or SUV and want to take 5 years to pay it off, there could be next to no value left by the time you have made all of your payments. Conversely, a used car that’s only a few years old with a shorter financing term could still have plenty of value when it’s paid off. Some vehicle, like special editions, too, could hold value for longer.

Gas Mileage

Do you have your heart set on an SUV? You’ll know that they cost more than the average compact car from a gas perspective but many appreciate the handling capabilities, especially in areas with harsh driving conditions and bad weather. When buying a pre-owned SUV, Lynnwood residents are encouraged to research the SUVs you are interested in through looking at gas mileage as a factor.


Whether you want a car, truck, or SUV, you should think about the next 3-5 years, depending on the financing term you’re choosing. Will you have the capacity for a growing family, for example? A 2-seater convertible might suit your needs based on your 5 year plan but it may not, if you’ve recently gotten married or if there’s a chance of expanding your family.

Used Car Warranty

Not all pre owned cars and SUVs come with a warranty but warranty might still be remaining on vehicles. This is something to consider when weighing your options.

Repairs and Maintenance

Looking at a variety of used cars, consider the mileage from a repairs and maintenance perspective and look at the anticipated costs of various repairs, too. Imports may be more expensive for repairs. And some vehicles tend to have much longer lifespans than others, depending on the make, model, whether they operate on gas or diesel fuel, etc.

A bit of research and careful consideration can ensure that you’re happy with your automobile purchase. Rich’s Car Corner can help you with buying a used car. Lynnwood residents as well as those in surrounding areas appreciate the variety and the customer service offered.

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