5 Steps to Purchasing a Used Car


How do you find the car that will exactly suit your needs for years to come? It just takes a little research and planning. When you know the kind of car you want, you can then decide whether you want to buy a new car, lease a new car, or buy a used car.

If you decide to purchase a used car, review these 5 steps to purchasing a pre-owned car.

Set Your Budget

Before considering the purchase of a used car, first it is wise to establish the amount that you're willing to spend.

Unless you're paying cash for your car, you will need to think about financing. How much can you really afford toward a car payment each month? The general rule is no more than 20 percent of your monthly take-home pay.

Hanna Imports has great tools to help demystify pricing. These tools let you figure out what car you can afford. When searching for a car on www.hannaimports.com, you're able to narrow down your search by looking at the vehicle and finance specials and using the Finance Calculator. These tools make it easy to set your budget and estimate your monthly payment.

Assess Your Needs

As much as you might like to dream about what you want in a car, the primary focus should be functionality. Here are some practical considerations to keep in mind:

·         How many passengers do you need to carry?

·         What type of driving do you do? Highway, surface streets, off-road?

·         Will you drive in ice and snow?

·         Do you have a long commute which makes fuel economy important to you?

·         Do you need all-wheel drive?

·         What safety features are important to you?

·         Do you need a lot of cargo capacity?

·         Will you be using children's car seats?

·         Will you be doing any towing?

·         How much garage or parking space do you have?


Investigate the Car’s History

Whatever you do you should never buy a car without first verifying what you are buying by running a history report. There are several ways to get a VIN # car history report. Carfax, US Car Reports, and TrueCare.com are just a few online services that provide accurate car history reporting.  Hanna Imports offers much more than quality vehicles at great prices. We offer a 12-month warranty on all pre-owned cars, as well as a full service and maintenance department.

Find Your Car

In the past, you had to visit dealerships in person to see inventory and find out if the cars had the options you wanted. Now, using the inventory search tools on HannaImports.com, you can quickly cover more ground and save money. Once you have an idea of what car you want, you can easily see its availability.

Just select a vehicle's make, model and year at the top of the Hanna Import’s Quick Search home page or Inventory Search page. Then click on any of the results.

Hanna Imports offers a free, no obligation and confidential CarFinder tool, allowing you to specify your desired car, truck or SUV and submit the vehicle configuration. Hanna Imports then conducts a nationwide search and hand-picks matching models. Once they locate matching automobiles, you automatically receive details of those models, with photographs included.

Set Up a Test- Drive

Now that you've found a car that seems like it might be a good fit for you, schedule a day and time for a test-drive. These salespeople are great allies and they cater to informed buyers. By making a test-drive appointment, you ensure that the car will be waiting for you when you arrive.

While making the right decision is important, it's also good to realize that there isn't one perfect answer. There could be several good vehicle choices and the final decision is really a matter of individual taste. Don't forget that the Hanna Import team is standing by to answer any questions. They'll work hard to make your car-shopping experience the best one yet.

Categories: Pre-Owned Inventory