What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

Used Car Buying Tips in East Stroudsburg, PA

There are many reasons to buy a used car. From saving money on insurance to saving money on the purchase price, there are several perks. Plus, used cars are more reliable than ever now that certified used cars are available with warranties and easily traceable vehicle history.

Even if you already know what car you want, it is always important to ask yourself if the decision you have made can fit into your monthly budget. If the answer is no, you may need to expand your search. When researching what vehicle is right for you, it is also important to be educated. Know exactly what you are getting based on the vehicle's history and understand what warranties and perks you drive away with as well.

At Halterman's Toyota there are four reports or certifications that are involved in the used car buying process.

Repair Order
A repair order is written on a vehicle when it is first traded in. The repair order looks at what repairs are recommended, what has been fixed and what needs to be fixed in the future.

KBB® (Kelley Blue Book)
The KBB report is an independent guide that is used to help price vehicles. Because the market is constantly changing, vehicle prices fluctuate based on supply and demand.

Perhaps the most important report, the Autocheck report shows a lot of history and explains a lot about a particular vehicle. This report shows how many owners the vehicle has had, if it has ever been in an accident and how many services it has had.  At Halterman's, everything is reported to Autocheck so there will be lots of records. If the vehicle is serviced somewhere that does not report to Autocheck, you will not see a record of it on the Autocheck report.

Toyota Certification
The Toyota Certified Used Vehicle certification comes with many advantages including a 160-Point Quality Assurance Inspection, 12-month/12,000-mile Limited Comprehensive Warranty, seven-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty from the original date of inservice, and one year of Roadside Assistance.

Q-Certified (Non-Factory Warranty good at participating dealerships)
The Q certified warranty is on all of our off make vehicles excluding European vehicles. This warranty is a limited powertrain warranty good for 2 years or 100k miles which ever comes first. 

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