How to Find the Best Used Car for You

When looking for a second-hand vehicle, it’s important to get the right one. After all, it should be durable enough to make the purchase worth it. Keep reading to learn how you can find the right vehicle for you! You deserve to drive a car that will help you live your life to the fullest. One that will take you where you need to go—to your place of employment, to your child’s soccer games, and to adventurous destinations. Not every used car on the street with a “For Sale” sign or in our local ads will lead to a satisfactory experience. Here, we’ll discuss how you can find the best used car for you and your family.

First, Consider Your Needs

The first thing you need to do is consider your personal “why”. Why do you need a second-hand vehicle? There are a variety of reasons as to why you might need one. To help you find your reason, ask yourself these four questions:

1. Do You Have Bad Credit?

Your credit score could be bad for several reasons. You may be new to the credit accruing world or you might have landed on hard times. Either way, getting a used car could be very helpful for you. Some used car dealerships, like West Auto Sales, offer special financing options for those who are credit challenged. These dealerships often have vehicles you could pay for outright with cash or by setting up a payment plan. If you pick a vehicle where you’ll need to do a payment plan, this could be an opportunity for you to build your credit as well.

2. Is This Your First Vehicle?

If this is your first vehicle, you may come across issues with getting financing for a brand new car. Many dealerships will require that you have a good credit history as well as proof that you have been able to pay for a vehicle over time. If this isn’t the case for you, then a used car is certainly the best route. If you’re a new driver or aren’t confident in your driving abilities, then you’ll want to get an older vehicle.

3. Will You Be Using This Vehicle for Work?

One of the biggest things you’ll need to consider when picking out a vehicle is your job. Certain jobs may come with the pressure to maintain certain appearances. If this is your situation, a used car that is only one to three years old may be best for you. Now, not all jobs will come with this pressure. Another thing to consider with your job is the commute. Is your job just down the street or do you need to drive a long ways away? If you’re constantly having to drive for work, then you’ll want to get a vehicle that hasn’t used too many miles. After all, you want it to last you a while.

4. Are You Trying to Save Money?

One of the big reasons for buying a used car is to save money. Everyone’s financial situation is different, and so you’ll need to really look at your personal finances to determine what you can afford exactly. Think ahead before you go to the used car lot and ask yourself, “What is the maximum amount that I can afford to pay?” Being honest with yourself about your budget will help you find a vehicle that matches your budget. After asking yourself these four questions, you’ll be better prepared to find the best car for you.

Next, Research Used Car Lots

Now, we can’t really speak for all of the other car lots, but we can give you a hint about what we see from some of our happiest buyers—or, in other words, those who leave absolutely certain that they’ve made the best purchase. Here are some of the things they do before ever stepping foot on our car lot.

Finally, Visit Used Car Lots

While experience can vary from car lot to car lot, we can only tell you what to expect from West Auto Sales in West Valley City. Here, we love showing off our inventory to those who come our way. Our team will sit down and talk with you about the type of vehicle you’re looking for. Then, we’ll show you the best vehicles that fit your needs. You’ll be able to fully inspect the vehicles, ask any questions that you may have, and test drive them. Take your time if you need it. We understand this is a big decision for you, and so we’ll be patient. Our goal is to help you drive away with a vehicle that truly makes you happy.

Ready to Talk Cars?

Once you feel ready, come visit us and check our inventory in person. We’re open from 9am to 7pm Monday through Friday and from 9am to 6pm on Saturday. You can stop by or reach out to us ahead of your visit by calling (801) 904-2809 or texting 801-210-7095. We look forward to serving you!