Used Car Buying Checklist

Vancouver Island drivers shouldn't have to invest their hard-earned money in a used vehicle before doing their research. Take a look at our used car buying tips from Wheaton Hyundai.

1. Decide what kind of car you need.

Are you hauling around a big family? A crossover or minivan might be a good pick. Trying to save money at the pump? Check out hybrid or compact cars. Looking for an affordable way to get premium features? A used luxury car might be a good choice.

2. Research different models.

Go to Kelley Blue Book, Edmunds, Cars Dot Com, or a similar auto reviewing site to check out the reliability of different models, and see what consumers think about the models you're interested in getting.

3. Go to a trusted seller.

It can be tempting to try to save a few bucks by buying a car on Craigslist or in the newspaper, but it's a better idea to go to a trusted dealership with a solid reputation to make sure you're getting a vehicle that's going to last.

4. Get a vehicle history report (Car Proof / CarFax)

Vehicle history reports give you a detailed description of the vehicle's history, including:

  • Previous owners Maintenance
  • Accidents
  • Vehicle customization

5. Take a test drive and check for issues.

Take the car for a test drive around Nanaimo or on the Island Highway. make sure to keep an eye and ear out for any issues, including:

  • Brakes
  • Vibrations and noises
  • Fluid check (oil, brake, transmission, power steering)
  • Electronics (infotainment system, speakers, volume control, power windows and doors)

Come Check Out the Pre-Owned Vehicles at Wheaton Hyundai!

Make your way to check out the quality used cars for sale at Wheaton Hyundai, and learn more about the Wheaton Hyundai team. Remember to contact us with any questions!

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