If you've chosen to take the plunge and buy a pre-owned car, you've made a terrific decision. Pre-owned cars are a great investment! Buying used has tons of advantages, but there are still some steps you should take to ensure you're getting a good deal on a reliable car.


Monthly Budget

First, just like when you buy a new car, you should figure out what your monthly budget is; this isn't just a monthly car payment, but also the potential rise in insurance cost and extra funds set aside for emergency repairs. The rule of thumb is that your car payment shouldn't be more than 20% of your paycheck after taxes.


SUV or Sedan?

Next, narrow down the huge range of cars available to you when you buy used and pick a couple of styles that work best for your needs. If you're looking for something small and easy to get around in, look into compact sedans and hatchbacks. If you need a big family vehicle, consider our range of full-size SUVs. Once you've chosen your body style, narrow your list further by choosing your favorite brands, must-have features, and any other preferences.


Ready to Buy

Check your list against online prices and figure out what's realistic in your price range based on model year, mileage, etc. Once you have a few options, find a local dealership that's selling cars matching your needs. It's generally better to buy from a dealership than a private seller, especially if you have room in your budget for a certified pre-owned car.


Vehicle History 

Once you take a few vehicles for a test drive and decide which one you want, check the vehicle history report.  If the car has been in major accidents, you may want to look for a vehicle with a cleaner history. It might not have been put back together perfectly.

Before you sign the paperwork, you should always have the car inspected. Technicians will spot things you can't. Even if you're buying from a dealership, it's a good idea to have your own mechanic come to take a look. You want to be absolutely sure you're spending your money on a car that will last and, most importantly, keep you safe.

Ready to take the plunge? Stop by Midwest Superstore to take a look at our wide selection of used and Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.


Midwest Superstore

1100 E 30th Ave.
Directions Hutchinson, KS 67502

  • Sales: 620-560-6555
  • Service: 620-662-6631
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