Pre-Owned Vehicle Buying Checklist


Remember These Five Things When Buying a Used Car

Are you looking to buy a pre-owned car? Here is a complete guide to make sure you get the best used vehicle you can!

Pre-Owned Vehicle Buying Checklist

1. Know What You Are Looking For

Long before visiting any dealership when purchasing a pre-owned car (or new model), you should start researching exactly what type of car you are looking for and be sure that all of your needs match. With so many models and types of vehicles to choose from, knowing exactly what you need, along with your budget and the models you are interested in, is important.

If gas mileage is important to you, maybe a Hybrid model like the Prius Prime might be right. Conversely, if storage and 4x4 drive is a must, maybe a Toyota Tacoma might be worth checking out.

2. CarProof Report

While a car may visually look appealing, any car can be made to look presentable to the naked eye. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the car’s performance, engine, and the car’s history. As a buyer, you have the right to know the full history of the pre-owned car you are thinking about purchasing; that’s where CarProof reports come in. 

CarProof reports provide you with the most thorough and complete vehicle history report you can find in Canada. If a dealership can’t provide you with this report, move onto another place where they can…  like 1000 Islands Toyota!

3. Test Drives

While reviews and ratings are a big help, taking out a car for a test drive is a must. You need to know how the car handles and feels since you are the one who will be driving it. Always test out all of the features to make sure they are in working order (A/C, power locks, radio, etc.).

4. Car Inspection & Certified Mechanics

If you’ve found the car you want, many people feel more comfortable getting it inspected by a certified mechanic or even a third-party one. Remember, this shouldn’t take the place of getting a CarProof report. A car may drive great for a quick test drive but may not be reliable due to its previous history.

5. How Will You Pay?

Buying a vehicle is a big investment, so be sure you know how you will pay for it and what your budget allows you to spend. At 1000 Islands Toyota, we are happy to help with pre-owned car financing.

For more information about new Toyotas and used cars, inventory, service, and more, please contact our team today.