Used Car Buying Tips

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Shopping for a used vehicle can be a great way to get the features you want without breaking your budget. Yet, the used car buying process can be stressful if you aren't fully prepared. That is why the team at Dundee Ford has compiled a list of our used car buying tips to make sure your car buying experience is as pleasant as possible. Read on to learn how to make the most of your car buying experience and drive home with a vehicle you love.

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Used Car Shopping Tips

  • Set a Budget: While used cars are more affordable, they are still something you need to budget for. Take some time to look over your monthly expenses and come up with a number you can comfortably afford for a payment. If you need additional help with setting a payment range, the financial experts at the Dundee Ford finance center can help.
  • Make a List: Consider your lifestyle and make a list of your non-negotiables that you need in your vehicle. Whether it is towing power for your trailer, great gas mileage for your long St. Charles commute, or plenty of seating for your growing family, you want to make sure any vehicle you purchase will match your lifestyle.
  • Consider Your Wants: In addition to the non-negotiables, make a list of your top wants in a vehicle. Amenities like heated seats or a premium sound system can make the time you spend on the Crystal Lake roadways more pleasant.
  • Used vs. Certified Pre-Owned: If you have a larger budget, or are looking for a vehicle backed by a warranty, a Certified Pre-Owned vehicle may be your best bet. These vehicles must pass rigorous multi-point inspections to make it through the program so you know each vehicle is in great shape.
  • Inspect Your Vehicle: Before you sign any paperwork, you will want to check out the vehicle features to make sure they are working properly. Take the time to test the lights, signals, climate control, and tech features to ensure they are all in working order. Walk around the car and carefully inspect the exterior for signs of damage that may have been repaired. Look over tires, check wheel wells for rust, and test all windows, doors, and the trunk to make sure they open smoothly. Our Certified Ford Service Center works hard to make sure every vehicle on our East Dundee lot is in top shape.
  • Take it for a Test Drive: A test drive is necessary to get a real feel for how a vehicle performs. During your drive, you will want to pay attention to how the vehicle handles, listen for any unusual noises, and make sure the cabin is comfortable for your daily use.

What Used Cars are Available Near Elgin?

Drivers come from Schaumburg to our Ford dealership to see a wide range of used vehicles. You can get a good deal on used trucks like a 2018 Ford F-150, or maybe you're looking to have a zippy commute in a 2017 Ford Fiesta. We also have a large selection of used SUVs like Ford Explorer and Escape models, used Ford Fusion sedans, and many sporty used Ford Mustang models, with Cobra and GT options available for a test drive! If you're looking to buy a used car, whether it's a used Ford model or another brand, you'll have a large selection to choose from and a great shopping experience to pair with it.

As a used car dealer, we know that price is one of the biggest considerations for Algonquin area shoppers, and each used vehicle has a CarFax vehicle history report. View our used vehicles under $10,000 and score a deal - some with less than 60,000 miles on the odometer, and you can find model years as recent as 2015!

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Find Your Used Vehicle at Dundee Ford

Whether you are interested in a used Ford vehicle, or another used model, you will find a wide selection to choose from at our Dundee dealership, serving all of Kane County. Contact us with your additional car buying questions, or to set up a test drive today!

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