Bill Utter Ford Offers Tips for Buying a Discount Used Car from a Dealership

Are you in the market for a great deal on an inexpensive used car? Maybe you need something for driving a short distance back and forth to work or school. Or maybe you need a car for your teenagers to drive so they're not always borrowing yours. In any case, there are some great deals out there on high quality cars priced under $10,000. You just have to look, and know the right places to shop.

There are a few simple tips to keep in mind when shopping for that used car deal:

  • Determine your price range and pre-arrange financing. Figure out how much you afford for this car purchase. You'll probably need to take a look at your monthly budget and figure out how much cash you can spare each month for this car payment. It's also a good idea to pre-arrange financing, particularly if you think you're going to be shopping at a dealership. This helps keep negotiations simple, allows you to shop for competitive rates ahead of time, removes your dependency on dealership financing and encourages you to stick to your budget (and not get talked into something more expensive than you can really afford.
  • Figure out what types of cars you'd like to buy/drive, and locate your target cars. It's good to know what you want to buy in advance. For example, maybe you want a Ford Focus, but something comparable in the compact category, like a Honda Civic, might also be acceptable. Try to have a short list of cars and then go online and research the prices these cars are going for in your area. In terms of locating your target cars, unless you have a very specific car in mind, shopping at a dealership can open up a lot of options. A dealership will have a wider selection, is more likely to have multiple cars that are similar to the ones on your short list, and can help with financing. You might also stumble across a bargain that hasn't been snapped up yet!
  • Take a test drive, or two. You should absolutely take the car you're eying out for a test drive. Pay attention to how it sounds (any weird noises?), and how the transmission and brakes feel and work. And check the little things - do all the buttons and switches on the dashboard work? Do the seat adjustments still work? Don't hesitate to take your car to another mechanic for a once-over. A mechanic you know well might do it for free, but even if you have to pay a small fee it's worth the second opinion and peace of mind. And test drive more than one car if you want - it will help you compare what you're seeing, hearing and feeling.
  • Negotiate the deal and close the sale. Be well-armed with information going in - that means knowing how much cars like yours (with similar mileage and options) are selling for locally. If the car costs a bit more than what you really can afford, make an offer of your own, but be prepared to walk away if the dealer won't meet you, at least part-way. Finally, close the deal. You'll need proof of insurance, which you should be able to arrange over the phone. You may be offered an extended warranty - read the coverage closely so you know what you're getting before you accept it. And be prepared for the additional fees that accompany a car purchase - these include documentation fees, a smog fee, salex tax and a motor vehicle registry fee.

Bill Utter Ford normally has a great selection of bargain-priced used cars - those under $10,000 - so be sure to check our site or stop by our dealership on a regular basis. We are conveniently located in Denton, TX, and we're also proud to serve the nearby communities of Lewisville, Frisco, Flower Mound and Roanoke. We're open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm and Saturday from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm. Stop by today or give us a call at (940) 321-7400 to schedule an appointment.

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