What to Look for When Shopping for a Pre-Owned Vehicle


In our role as a Selma, TX Mitsubishi dealer, we sometimes help drivers choose between buying a new vehicle or a pre-owned automobile. While many motorists are eager to buy a new car, it’s not the smartest thing for every driver to do. In some cases, it makes more sense to buy a previously owned vehicle.

There are many reasons to purchase a pre-owned car. Avoiding the rapid depreciation that occurs in the first year or two that a new automobile is owned is one of the most compelling reasons to buy a previously owned vehicle. Paying less for a reliable car is another convincing reason to go with a pre-owned automobile.

The key word in that last sentence is “reliable.” How can you know that a pre-owned car will last? While there are no guarantees in life, you can still do a few things to ensure a previously owned automobile will last and perform the way it’s supposed to.

The first thing you should do is examine a pre-owned car’s interior and exterior. If the car has been damaged in the past, make sure it was professionally repaired. Look under the hood. If you see dirty or rusted parts, it may indicate you’ll have some trouble down the line.

You should take the vehicle for a test drive, too. During your test drive, make note of any odd sounds or issues with the car’s responsiveness. Make it a point to park on a clean spot of the road or in a parking lot and let the vehicle run for about 30 seconds. Move the automobile, get out, and inspect the area where the car was just parked for any signs of leaks.

Just like you should inspect a pre-owned car before you make an offer on it, you should also look through our Mitsubishi offers to find a money-saving deal. Head over to Gillman Mitsubishi to find a new-to-you automobile now.

Categories: Pre-Owned Inventory