What to Look for In a Pre-Owned Car

2019 Mercedes-Benz C 300 Sedan Rear


Searching for the right pre-owned or certified pre-owned vehicle around Modesto can feel overwhelming, but when you know what to look for in a pre-owned car, you take a lot of the anxiety out of the process. Whether you’re a first-time car buyer or a seasoned car-buyer, read on to learn what to look for when buying a pre-owned car. Then, we invite you to browse ou inventory to find the pre-owned Mercedes-Benz for sale that checks off all your boxes.

How to Buy a Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz From a Dealer?

There are several advantages to buying a pre-owned car for your Merced drives, such as a lower price and less depreciation. Here are the steps to purchasing a pre-owned car from a dealer like Mercedes-Benz of Modesto: 

  • Set a Realistic Budget: First, set a realistic budget.Make sure to factor in potential repairs, new tires, licensing fees, auto insurance, routine service, and your car payment. Experts recommend that your monthly payment shouldn’t exceed 10% of your monthly income. You can get an idea of your monthly payments using our payment calculator. 
  • Find the Right pre-owned Car: Start compiling a list of your needs and desires for your next vehicle, and remember to keep your budget in mind. Start compiling a list of cars with those attributes. 
  • Research Auto Reviews: Research reliability reviews from sites like Edmunds or Kelley Blue Book. Also, check to see what price the vehicles have sold for around Stockton. 
  • Go For Test Drives: Once you’ve narrowed down your list to your top three models, head out for some test drives. Be patient and thoroughly inspect the vehicles or have them inspected by a trusted mechanic. Take a test drive to see how they perform on Stanislaus streets.
  • Apply for Financing: Once you’ve found the pre-owned Mercedes-Benz or other models you want, explore your loan options. Also, don’t forget to factor in fees and taxes and ask about warranties and car insurance plans.

What to Ask When Buying a Pre-Owned Car

These are some helpful tips on what to ask about when shopping for a pre-owned car: 

  • How many miles does it have?
  • Are there any recalls on the vehicle?
  • Is there a maintenance history?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • How many owners has it had, and what climate was it driven in?
  • Do the features all work like they’re supposed to?
  • How did they determine the price?
  • Can I take the car to a mechanic for a comprehensive inspection?
  • Is there a warranty?
  • What will it cost you for car insurance?
  • Do you have the title ready?

Of course, you can skip many of those questions when you shop for a certified Mercedes-Benz at Mercedes-Benz of Modesto.

Find Your Certified Mercedes-Benz at Mercedes-Benz of Modesto

Now that you know what to look for in a pre-owned car, we at Mercedes-Benz of Modesto want to take the hassle out of the process. You’ll find we have many pre-owned Mercedes-Benz models for sale on our lot. We invite you to browse our pre-owned inventory online or at the dealership. Our certified Mercedes-Benz vehicles have undergone an extensive inspection and come with a warranty. Apply for financing online and reach out to us now!

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