5 Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Car


When you head to one of the many dealerships Lynchburg VA has to offer in order to buy a used car, you are sure to have a lot of questions running through your head. You want to make sure that you get a good deal, and that you drive away with a reliable vehicle. At the same time, you don’t want to ask so many questions that you wind up confusing both yourself and the sales staff. In this post, you’ll find 5 essential questions to ask as you are making your buying decision.  

At Terry Auto Outlet VA, the sales team is always happy to answer any questions you may have, so stop by right away to start shopping.  

Has the vehicle been in any accidents? 

This is a pretty easy first choice for a question to ask about the used car in question. An accident is a traumatic event for a vehicle, and it can damage parts beyond what is seen on the outside. That’s not to say that you should never consider purchasing a vehicle with an accident on its record, but you’ll want to take that factor into consideration when negotiating a purchase price.  

Where are the maintenance records? 

With any luck, the car you are looking at will have service records available for you to review. This is a great way to gain an understanding of how the car was maintained by the previous owner or owners. Obviously, you can feel better about buying a car that has been serviced regularly than one which has rarely had an oil change.  

Is anything broken? 

It would be great if every single piece of equipment on the vehicle worked as if it was new, but that’s not always going to be the case. Ask about any items that may be malfunctioning, so you can decide whether or not those elements are important to you. Again, this isn’t something that will necessarily mean you need to move on to a different car, but you will want to know what works and what doesn’t. If there are enough components not in working order, the car won’t look like a very good deal anymore.  

Why this price? 

Rather than immediately asking for a lower price, start by simply asking for an explanation on the asking price. It may be that the price is already fair, without any further negotiations needed. Or, you might find that the price isn’t justified by the market, and it should be lower. Start the conversation by asking for an explanation and go from there.  

Can I have it inspected? 

This is a question that tends to get down to the truth right away. If there is something wrong with the car, asking to have it inspected by a mechanic may cause the seller to get a bit uncomfortable. Otherwise, the seller should have no issue with you inspecting the vehicle with the help of a trained professional. If the inspection goes well, you will feel that much better about making an offer.  Every used car on the lot at Terry Auto Sales has been inspected by the on-site service staff, so you can rest assured the vehicle is in good running condition.


The sales staff at Terry Auto Outlet VA is standing by ready to answer all of your questions. Visit the lot to see all the available used cars today at 2828 Candlers Mountain Rd, Lynchburg, VA 24502 or call (434) 386-8439 to schedule a test drive. 

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