Buying Your Dream Car—Used!

Car buying comes with a lot of variables, especially if you’re buying used. From make and model to condition and mileage, the number of options can be overwhelming. That’s why it’s easier to know what you want and need before you get started shopping at a buy here, pay here car lot in Mesa, AZ.

The key to used-car shopping is to think about the big picture first—for example, car vs. truck, SUV vs. minivan, hybrid vs. electric—and then refine your search as you find vehicles that fit your list of qualifications. To help, here are the four big questions you should ask yourself before you start shopping.

What do I need the most from my vehicle?

This will depend on you and what you’ll be using your vehicle for. If you have a large family, you might want to opt for an SUV or minivan that can handle multiple car seats, while if you’re just driving it to get to and from work, you could opt for something smaller. Think about how many passengers you’ll be transporting, what kind of cargo you might haul, where you’ll spend most of your time driving and when. Also, consider the weather in your area, gas prices and where you’ll be parking—these can all have an effect on the type of car that would work best for you.

What is my budget?

For most of us, budget is an important consideration—used cars are often a better deal than brand-new cars, since a new car’s value starts depreciating as soon as you drive it off the lot. In addition to figuring out what you can afford to pay on a monthly basis, factor in fuel, maintenance and insurance costs to get a well-rounded picture of your total budget. You wouldn’t want to max out your extra monthly costs on the payment and not have anything left over for gas.

What are my top “nice-to-have” features?

This is the fun part: which features aren’t necessities, but would help you choose between two similar models? Color, fancy sound, navigation systems and heated seats are examples of things we could live without, if we had to—but they make the driving experience more fun.

Where will I look for my car?

Finally, decide where you’ll look for your car. Used car dealerships often have financing available, as well as wider selection than the ads on Craigslist or in the newspaper. USA Auto, INC would be glad to show you our choices!

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USA Auto, INC is Mesa and the East Valley’s top used car dealer. Our family owned and operated business has one goal: to get you into a reliable, affordable car that will meet your needs and fit into your budget. No matter your financial background, we can help you drive away in a new-to-you vehicle today—we’re a buy here, pay here car lot in Mesa, AZ. Call or stop by today to find out more.