What Should You Not Do When Buying A Used Car?


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What Should You Not Do When Buying A Used Car?

While shopping for a used car near you, you are likely thinking purely about the right things to do. You should note, however, that there are a few things to avoid when buying a used car. The fact is that it is very important to understand these things. After all, if you don’t understand the things to avoid, you may end up with something you don’t want. For this reason, we at R&B Car Company’s car dealership in South Bend, Indiana, want to help inform you of what not to do when shopping for a vehicle. Therefore, we’ve compiled a helpful list below.

1. Visiting A Dealer Without A Budget

If you visit a car dealership in South Bend, Indiana, or anywhere else without first knowing how much you want to spend, you could end up making a serious financial mistake. Therefore, you should always get an idea of how much you want to spend when you are in the market for a used car near you. To deduce how much you want to spend, you should craft a budget based on your current financial situation along with every cost associated with buying a car, which can be seen below:

  • Vehicle Price
  • Maintenance Costs
  • Fuel
  • Registration Fee
  • Initial Fees/Taxes

2. Shopping Without Considering The Vehicles You Want

Going into a used car lot near you without first understanding what you want is the same as going into a shoe store without having an idea of the shoe you want. In either case, you will likely leave with something you didn’t want in the first place. Hence, you should always do prior research before making a purchase, especially when it comes to something financially significant, like purchasing a used car near you. If you need something to haul a heavy trailer, for example, you shouldn’t look for a sedan. Instead, you should find vehicles that are capable of towing, such as used trucks for sale near you.

3. Forgoing Online Research

Ideally, you shouldn’t visit a used car lot near you without first doing some online research. Truthfully, when it comes to determining a dealership’s reputation and quality, a lot can be deduced by simply looking online. While searching online, there are several elements you should watch for, which can be seen in the following list:

  • Easily Accessible Website
  • Diverse Inventory
  • Many Forms Of Contact
  • Positive Customer Reviews

At R&B Car Company’s car dealership in South Bend, Indiana, we set a shining example of what you should look for in a high-quality dealership. Thus, you can come to visit us if you are nearby or use our website to compare against the websites of dealerships near you.

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4. Deciding On The First Vehicle You Like

Whether you are shopping for used cars with South Bend dealers or any other car dealers, you should never decide on the first vehicle that catches your eye. After all, there may be something that suits you much better than the first vehicle you see. With this being said, you should keep an open mind when searching for vehicles, considering all of your options.

5. Skipping A Test Drive

The final thing you should avoid when shopping for a vehicle is skipping the test drive. In fact, a test drive is possibly the most important part of choosing a vehicle. During a test drive, you will be able to get an understanding of the handling of every car that interests you. Once you understand how each vehicle handles, you can then compare each test drive to deduce the most suitable vehicle for you. Below, you can find the most common things to observe during a test drive:

  • Acceleration/Braking Responsiveness
  • Comfortability/Cabin Noise
  • Suspension
  • Electronic Components
  • Steering And Handling

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120,288
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1G6DU5RK7M0145214
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34986
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Interior: 
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1GZ69
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1G1105S32KU143416
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6AB69
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34968
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102,215
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L2J
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Black
Mileage:
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1ZD69
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Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
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Blue
Mileage:
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Model #: 
P0H
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3FA6P0HD0KR119429
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34950
Original:
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Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
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Internet Price:  
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Blue
Mileage:
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White
Interior: 
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Engine:
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4cyl, 2.5L, 182.0hp
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Original:
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Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
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Original:
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Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
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White
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Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
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Black
Mileage:
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Engine:
4cyl, 1.5L, 160.0hp
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1G1ZD5ST6LF121951
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34972
Original:
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Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
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Exterior: 
Blue
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68,203
Engine:
4cyl, 2.0L, 245.0hp
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3FA6P0D92LR173804
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34971
Original:
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Exterior: 
White
Interior: 
Neutral 
Mileage:
66,979
Engine:
8cyl, 4.8L, 285.0hp
Model #: 
TG23405
VIN:
1GTW7AFF3H1337338
Stock #:
34808
Original:
$31,155
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Sale Price:  
$27,655
$440.03 / month*
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Exterior: 
Charcoal
Interior: 
Black Leather
Mileage:
69,432
Engine:
4cyl, 2.0L, 245.0hp
Model #: 
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Original:
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-$3,500
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$380.09 / month*
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Exterior: 
Red
Interior: 
Black Leather
Mileage:
61,961
Engine:
3.6L V6
Model #: 
6AH69
VIN:
1G6AX5SS4J0136227
Stock #:
34924
Original:
$35,300
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
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$31,800
$505.98 / month*
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Exterior: 
Black
Mileage:
62,306
Engine:
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VIN:
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Stock #:
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Original:
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Gray
Interior: 
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Mileage:
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Engine:
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Stock #:
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Original:
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