Are you in the market for a new-to-you car, truck, or van? If you’ve never shopped at a used car dealership, we at Joe’s Auto Sales East think you should give it a shot. Buying used versus new has many advantages, including lower prices and financing for anyone with credit issues. But before you come over to our used car lot, we want to give you a few tips on buying a used vehicle.

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1. Know what you can afford.

Before buying a used car, it’s important that you know your budget. Determine the top dollar that you want to pay for a vehicle or the maximum you want to pay monthly with financing. Our customer-service team at Joe’s Auto Sales East can help you find a used van, used SUV, or even a used motorcycle that’s within your budget.

2. Determine your priorities.

Do you commute to work and want a vehicle that gets great gas mileage? Did you recently have a baby and are in the market for a used van or used SUV? Make a list of what you want in a vehicle and rank the items from highest to lowest priorities. Consider fuel efficiency, total mileage, make, model, special features (DVD player, sunroof, etc.), total number of passengers, and so on. This list can help our used-car representatives narrow down your options.

3. Get pre-approved.

If you plan to utilize our buy-here-pay-here financing, we recommend that you fill out the quick approval application before stopping by. That way, when you find the used SUV you want, you are already pre-approved and can finalize your financing faster. When you can fill out the loan application, be sure to have proof of income, proof of residency, and proof of identification ready.

4. Browse our online inventory.

Many of our customers like to look at our used car inventory online prior to coming to our used car dealership. That way, you can get a feel for cars you might want to test drive.

5. Drive before you buy.

Never buy a used vehicle without first giving it a test drive. We don’t want you to be disappointed or surprised by your used car purchase. Therefore, we encourage our customers to take any vehicle they’re considering for a spin. Want to learn more about buying at our used car dealership? Contact Joe’s Auto Sales East of Indianapolis at (317) 405-8545. Our customer service team will gladly answer your questions and help you get one step closer to finding your used car. photo credit: trying to get attention via photopin (license)