What to Check When Buying a Used Car

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Are you in the market for buying a used Mazda sedan near Redondo Beach? Do you know what to check when buying a used car? Exploring things like used car mileage, condition, and history make the entire buying process much easier. Learn more about putting together a used car checklist with South Bay Mazda today! For more information, feel free to contact us anytime!



What to Check When Buying a Used Car at Home

There are a few things to add to your used car checklist before even heading over to your Manhattan Beach dealership. Here are some tips to help kickstart the process:

  • Check Your Budget: It’s important to analyze your budget, and make sure that purchasing a vehicle is the right choice financially. Check out our payment calculator to see what your payments would be, and see if the payments fit your lifestyle.
  • Check Automotive Reviews: Be sure to check out some reputable websites such as Kelley Blue Book and JD Power to see which previous owners have said about the vehicle, and whether or not it has high ratings.
  • Choose Your Year, Make, and Model: Once you’ve analyzed your financial situation, you can choose a vehicle based on your budget and lifestyle. On average, we recommend choosing up to three vehicles to narrow down your search.

What to Check When Buying a Used Car at a Dealership

Now that you’ve done some research at your Torrance home, and taken your financial situation into account, you can now head to the dealership and do the following:

  • Checking the Vehicle History Report: The friendly staff at South Bay Mazda will help you run a vehicle history report, making sure that no serious accidents or mechanical issues have been reported. This will also allow you to check the used car mileage of the vehicle you plan on purchasing.
  • Test Drive: Before you make your purchase, we recommend taking the vehicle for a spin around Torrance. By scheduling a test drive, you can get a feel for the vehicle, and take into account any issues that you may notice.
  • Inspection by a Mechanic: Before purchasing the vehicle, you should always have it inspected by a professional mechanic to make sure it will get you around Torrance without issue. However, when you purchase your used vehicle with South Bay Mazda, an inspection is carried out by our service center. While you may be most concerned about used car mileage, if the vehicle is in good shape, you can get a reliable model for a great price!

Find Your Next Car at South Bay Mazda!

Now that you’re equipped with a used car checklist, come stop by South Bay Mazda and explore our used vehicle inventory! While you’re here, meet with our finance center to start the buying process and take advantage of our used vehicle specials to save near Hawthorne!


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