What you should know about a used car before buying it?


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What you should know about a used car before buying it?

Buying a used car near you might be a great way to save money, but it's still a major investment. At our car dealer in Elkhart, IN, we take pride in helping our customers make the best choices. Before you start seriously shopping for your next used car for sale near you, it's important to know what to ask. Let's review the most important things to know about a used car in Elkhart before you buy it!

 

What questions should I ask when buying a used car from a dealer?

When you visit our used car dealership near you, it's easy to get overwhelmed! With so many cheap cars for sale to choose from, you'll be spoiled for choice. Remember to ask the following questions about any used car near you before making a commitment.

  • "Is this the original paintwork?" - Knowing if the paint job is original or not will be telling. If the paint isn't original, that's a sign that the vehicle has experienced damage. 
  • "Where was this vehicle purchased?" - If the vehicle was acquired by trade-in, our car dealer in Elkhart, IN can provide a vehicle history report. You can get familiar with the car's maintenance records to understand its service history.
  • "What reconditioning has been performed on this car?" - R&B Car Company only sells quality used cars. We're happy to detail the reconditioning we've done on any of our used cars for sale.

 

Does age or mileage matter more?

It's impossible to say whether the age or mileage of a used car near you is more important. Age and mileage are so closely intertwined that you can't evaluate one without considering the other. To determine if a used car for sale near you has reasonable mileage for its age, simply divide the mileage by the age. The average American driver logs about 12,000-15,000 miles annually. If the mileage per year is notably higher or lower than that amount, it's a sign to get more information from our car dealer in Elkhart, IN. The most important factor is how the car was maintained, and R&B Car Company can share the maintenance history with you.

 

What should you not do when buying a car?

Equally important as knowing what to do, it's essential to know what to avoid at our used car dealership near you. When you're browsing for your next used car in Elkhart, take care to avoid doing the following things.

  • Focusing too much on monthly payments

  • Not including fuel/maintenance/insurance in your auto budget

  • Browsing for cars before you set your budget

  • Setting your heart on a specific model

  • Not reviewing the maintenance history

  • Not exploring trade-in options for your current car

 

Find affordable used cars at R&B Car Company!

Our car dealer in Elkhart, IN can't wait to show off our exciting inventory. With cheap cars for sale for every price point, there's no better place to shop for Elkhart used cars. When it's time to get serious about your next used car near you, R&B Car Company is here to guide you. Visit our used car dealership in Elkhart to start your search today!

 

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CarFax
Exterior: 
Blue
Mileage:
72,193
Engine:
4cyl, 2.0L, 158.0hp
Model #: 
FC2F6KEW
VIN:
2HGFC2F61KH585857
Stock #:
34729A
Original:
$23,495
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$19,995
$318.15 / month*
TECHNOLOGY FEATURES: This used 2019 Honda Civic Sedan sedan Includes: Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Keyless Entry, Steering Wheel Controls, Electronic Messaging Assistance, Anti Theft System, Auxiliary Audio Input, Steering Wheel Cruise Control, MP3 Compatible Radio, Engine Immobilizer, Adaptive...   Read More
CarFax
Exterior: 
Black
Mileage:
57,150
VIN:
1FTEW1EF9HFC47968
Stock #:
34904A
Original:
$40,495
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$36,995
$588.64 / month*
Here at R&B Car Company Warsaw, we make the necessary repairs to our vehicles before putting them on the lot. We strive to give you a great valued car, truck, or SUV and take the guessing out of the equation on your next used car purchase.DEALER CONTACT INFO: Call R&B Car Company Warsaw today at...   Read More
CarFax
Exterior: 
Silver
Mileage:
95,254
VIN:
1FTEW1EF6HFC47877
Stock #:
35018
Original:
$33,380
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$29,880
$475.43 / month*
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Exterior: 
White
Mileage:
159,576
VIN:
1FT8W3BTXDEB83748
Stock #:
35005
Original:
$36,955
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Sale Price:  
$33,455
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Exterior: 
Blue
Mileage:
170,854
VIN:
1FT7W2BT2GEA77031
Stock #:
35004
Original:
$36,425
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$32,925
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CarFax
Exterior: 
Blue
Mileage:
42,822
VIN:
1C4PJMBNXKD224318
Stock #:
35017
Original:
$31,955
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$28,455
$452.76 / month*
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CarFax
Exterior: 
Black
Mileage:
111,173
Model #: 
U9G
VIN:
1FMCU9GD8JUB29771
Stock #:
35016
Original:
$19,080
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$15,580
This Used 2018 Ford Escape, has the following DESIRABLE FEATURES: 4X4, ANDROID AUTO, APPLE CARPLAY, HTD SEATS, ALLOY-WHEELS, VOICE CONTROLS, BLUETOOTH, SIRIUS XM, BACKUP CAM, DUAL-ZONE CLIMATE, AUX PORT.TECHNOLOGY FEATURES: This used 2018 Ford Escape suv for sale near South Bend includes: Onboard...   Read More
CarFax
Exterior: 
Black
Mileage:
112,543
VIN:
1C6RR7PT5GS371148
Stock #:
35015
Original:
$28,380
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$24,880
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CarFax
Exterior: 
White
Mileage:
138,979
VIN:
1GT423C81FF621283
Stock #:
35014
Original:
$43,380
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$39,880
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CarFax
Exterior: 
White
Mileage:
96,632
Engine:
6cyl, 3.6L, 292.0hp
VIN:
2B3CL3CG2BH578664
Stock #:
35013
Original:
$14,680
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$11,180
$177.89 / month*
Exterior: 
White
Interior: 
Charcoal Leather
Mileage:
85,272
Engine:
4cyl, 2.5L, 170.0hp
Model #: 
22218
VIN:
JN8AT2MV5JW325596
Stock #:
35012
Original:
$24,380
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$20,880
$332.23 / month*
This Used 2018 Nissan Rogue, has the following DESIRABLE FEATURES: NAV, ALLOY-WHEELS, 360 CAM.This preowned 2018 Nissan Rogue SV located at our R&B Car Company South Bend used car dealership near South Bend, IN features a Glacier White exterior with a Charcoal interior and has only 85,272...   Read More
CarFax
Exterior: 
Red
Mileage:
127,337
Engine:
6cyl, 3.7L, 305.0hp
Model #: 
K4A
VIN:
2FMDK4AK5DBA49813
Stock #:
35011
Original:
$16,300
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$12,800
This Used 2013 Ford Edge, has the following DESIRABLE FEATURES: LEATHER, ALLOY-WHEELS, AWD, HTD SEATS, BLUETOOTH, VOICE CONTROLS, PREMIUM SOUND, BACKUP CAM, RADAR SENSING, SIRIUS XM, DUAL-ZONE CLIMATE, AUX PORT.TECHNOLOGY FEATURES: This used 2013 Ford Edge suv for sale near South Bend includes:...   Read More
CarFax
Exterior: 
Gray
Mileage:
88,329
Engine:
6cyl, 3.5L, 280.0hp
Model #: 
UA8F5CKW
VIN:
19UUA8F54CA801580
Stock #:
35010
Original:
$20,280
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$16,780
$266.99 / month*
This Used 2012 Acura TL, has the following DESIRABLE FEATURES: NAV, LEATHER, HTD SEATS, ALLOY-WHEELS, PWR SUNROOF, BLUETOOTH, BACKUP CAM, VOICE CONTROLS, SIRIUS XM, HID HEADLIGHTS, PREMIUM SOUND, DUAL-ZONE CLIMATE, AUX PORT.TECHNOLOGY FEATURES: This used 2012 Acura TL sedan for sale near South Bend...   Read More
CarFax
Exterior: 
White
Mileage:
79,404
Model #: 
U9J
VIN:
1FMCU9J97FUC48021
Stock #:
35009
Original:
$20,380
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$16,880
$268.58 / month*
This Used 2015 Ford Escape has the following DESIRABLE FEATURES: 4X4, LEATHER, HTD SEATS, ALLOY-WHEELS, REMOTE START, WIFI HOTSPOT, RADAR SENSING, PWR LIFTGATE, SIRIUS XM, BLUETOOTH, PREMIUM SOUND, DUAL-ZONE CLIMATE, AUX PORT.TECHNOLOGY FEATURES: This used 2015 Ford Escape suv Includes: Keyless...   Read More
CarFax
Exterior: 
Black
Mileage:
59,019
Engine:
6cyl, 3.5L, 270.0hp
VIN:
5TDDKRFH8GS310806
Stock #:
35019
Original:
$31,380
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$27,880
$443.61 / month*
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CarFax
Exterior: 
White
Mileage:
74,628
VIN:
1C4PJMBN8KD274439
Stock #:
35008
Original:
$29,180
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$25,680
$408.60 / month*
Here at R&B Car Company South Bend, we make the necessary repairs to our vehicles before putting them on the lot. We strive to give you a great valued car, truck, or SUV and take the guessing out of the equation on your next used car purchase at our South Bend, IN dealership.DEALER CONTACT INFO:...   Read More
CarFax
Exterior: 
Blue
Mileage:
3,620
Model #: 
DT6X98
VIN:
1C6SRFLT6NN338334
Stock #:
35007
Original:
$57,380
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$53,880
$857.30 / month*
This Used 2022 Ram 1500 has the following DESIRABLE FEATURES: 4X4, LED HEADLTS, ALLOY-WHEELS, TOW PKG, BLUETOOTH, VOICE CONTROLS, SIRIUS XM, AUX PORT.TECHNOLOGY FEATURES: This used 2022 Ram 1500 truck Includes: Infotainment System, Voice Command Features, Keyless Start, Keyless Entry, Onboard...   Read More
CarFax
Exterior: 
White
Mileage:
135,328
Model #: 
DS6P98
VIN:
1C6RR7NTXGS151216
Stock #:
35006
Original:
$27,455
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Sale Price:  
$23,955
This used 2016 Ram 1500, has the following DESIRABLE FEATURES: ANDROID AUTO, LEATHER, 4X4, APPLE CARPLAY, HTD ST. WHEEL, HTD SEATS, A/C SEATS, WIFI HOTSPOT, SIRIUS XM, PREMIUM SOUND, VOICE CONTROLS, TOW PKG, BLUETOOTH, DUAL-ZONE CLIMATE, AUX PORT.TECHNOLOGY FEATURES: This used 2016 Ram 1500 truck...   Read More
CarFax
Exterior: 
Silver
Mileage:
33,964
VIN:
1FT7W2B61JEC00545
Stock #:
35003
Original:
$47,300
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$43,800
$696.92 / month*
Here at R&B Car Company Warsaw, we make the necessary repairs to our vehicles before putting them on the lot. We strive to give you a great valued car, truck, or SUV and take the guessing out of the equation on your next used car purchase.DEALER CONTACT INFO: Call R&B Car Company Warsaw today at...   Read More
CarFax
Exterior: 
Gray
Mileage:
119,232
VIN:
1FT8W3DT2KEG61364
Stock #:
35002
Original:
$52,455
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$48,955
Here at R&B Car Company South Bend, we make the necessary repairs to our vehicles before putting them on the lot. We strive to give you a great valued car, truck, or SUV and take the guessing out of the equation on your next used car purchase at our South Bend, IN dealership.DEALER CONTACT INFO:...   Read More
CarFax
Exterior: 
Black
Mileage:
76,905
VIN:
1GTU9FED4LZ338006
Stock #:
35001
Original:
$52,380
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Sale Price:  
$48,880
$777.75 / month*
Here at R&B Car Company Columbia City, we make the necessary repairs to our vehicles before putting them on the lot. We strive to give you a great valued car, truck, or SUV and take the guessing out of the equation on your next used car purchase.DEALER CONTACT INFO: Call R&B Car Company Columbia...   Read More
CarFax
Exterior: 
Silver
Mileage:
56,760
VIN:
1C4PJMBS7HW606857
Stock #:
35000
Original:
$29,380
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$25,880
$411.79 / month*
Here at R&B Car Company South Bend, we make the necessary repairs to our vehicles before putting them on the lot. We strive to give you a great valued car, truck, or SUV and take the guessing out of the equation on your next used car purchase at our South Bend, IN dealership.DEALER CONTACT INFO:...   Read More
CarFax
Exterior: 
Black
Mileage:
112,155
VIN:
1GTU9FED6KZ406868
Stock #:
34999
Original:
$43,300
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$39,800
Here at R&B Car Company Warsaw, we make the necessary repairs to our vehicles before putting them on the lot. We strive to give you a great valued car, truck, or SUV and take the guessing out of the equation on your next used car purchase.DEALER CONTACT INFO: Call R&B Car Company Warsaw today at...   Read More
CarFax
Exterior: 
White
Mileage:
120,288
Engine:
4cyl, 2.4L, 185.0hp
Model #: 
CR2F5DEW
VIN:
1HGCR2F52DA802276
Stock #:
34998
Original:
$16,375
Down Payment Match or Trade In Min:
-$3,500
Internet Price:  
$12,875
This used 2013 Honda Accord Sdn, has the following DESIRABLE FEATURES: ALLOY-WHEELS, BACKUP CAM, BLUETOOTH, DUAL-ZONE CLIMATE, AUX PORT.TECHNOLOGY FEATURES: This used 2013 Honda Accord Sdn sedan Includes: Keyless Entry, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Multi-zone Climate Control, Steering Wheel...   Read More
Exterior: 
Red
Mileage:
230,391
Model #: 
PMDL49
VIN:
1B3HB28C08D675361
Stock #:
33515B
Sale Price:  
$2,985
TECHNOLOGY FEATURES: This used 2008 Dodge Caliber sedan Includes: Engine Immobilizer, AM/FM Stereo, Auxiliary Power Outlet, Single-Disc CD Player.Here at R&B Car Company Columbia City, we make the necessary repairs to our vehicles before putting them on the lot. We strive to give you a great...   Read More
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