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7 Questions to Ask When Shopping for Bozeman Used Cars

Posted by Matthew Smith on September 17, 2018 at 9:39 AM

Lineup of Bozeman Used Cars at Denny Menholt Honda

Finding your next used vehicle purchase can be quite the process. 

You start shopping used car lots. You schedule test drives. You figure out a finance plan. 

It can take a lot of time and consideration before you find the right one for you. Thankfully, Denny Menholt Honda strives to make the experience a breeze. We understand that every used car comes with a history due to the previous owner or owners. 

With that in mind, here are some key questions to ask while shopping Bozeman used cars


Top 7 Questions to Ask While Used Car Shopping

Consider asking these seven questions before making the decision to buy a used vehicle. 

1. Is there a factory warranty?

Some used cars may still have a factory warranty. A warranty for a used car is good to have in case an unforeseen mechanical issue arises. 

Some car dealers in Bozeman might offer additional warranties based on the number of miles a used vehicle has accumulated. Just ask your sales representative to find out for sure! 

2. How many miles on the odometer? 

Speaking of mileage, it's a good idea to ask about the mileage of a used vehicle. Think of miles as the lifespan of a car. 

Besides asking about the volume of miles, find out where the car has driven while gaining miles. Did the previous owner drive the car in the mountains or just across town? A city car likely has less wear and tear.

3. What is the number of previous owners?

More than one or two owners can sometimes be a red flag. It could be that the previous owner(s) wanted to make an upgrade, but you can't know that for sure. Maybe there's a reason multiple people got rid of that specific used vehicle.

At any rate, it's good to find out as much as you can about the vehicle history. Thankfully at Denny Menholt Honda, we're not hiding anything. Every single used car listed online comes with an AutoCheck vehicle report, outlining the full history.

4. Were any parts replaced or updated?

Finding out if there were specific vehicle parts replaced or updated could tell you if there was an accident or recall

This information also tells you how new a part is. For example, if you know the tires on a used vehicle are brand new, you won't need to worry about replacing them for a while. Being aware of the health of parts can tell you what does and doesn't need to be replaced. 

5. What is the vehicle service history?

Similar to knowing the number of owners, you should know the extent of major service appointments and if the vehicle was brought in for maintenance regularly

This is perhaps the most important question to get an answer for. If the vehicle has been taken care of, then you know it's a good buy. 

6. Can I take it for a test drive?

The answer to this question should always be yes. Why wouldn't a dealership let you test drive a used vehicle?

The initial test drive will give you the best insight on whether you enjoy driving the used car or not.

Do you know how to test drive a car? It may seem simple, but taking a vehicle for a spin around the block isn't going to cut it. Here's everything you need to know about test driving

7. What's the price?

Ah yes, the price. The answer to this question really says it all about the value of a vehicle.

Price matters, but so does your budget. How can you determine how much you can afford to spend on a vehicle? 

We recommend our payment calculator tool to help you out with budgeting at a high level. For specific financing question, contact our financing team or fill out the online finance application


Shop Our Huge Selection of Bozeman Used Cars

That wraps up the best questions to make sure you ask while car shopping!

Ready to start your search? We invite you to browse our wide selection of Bozeman used trucks, SUVs, and cars for sale

Stop at the store to shop in person when you're ready! Our sales team is happy to answer any number of questions you have or arrange a test drive for you!

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Topics: Used Vehicles

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