Used Car Buying Checklist

There are plenty of benefits to shopping for used cars, and we at Butler Toyota want to help walk Macon, Warner Robins, and Milledgeville drivers through the process. In this used car buying checklist, we'll give you a few pointers to use during your vehicle search.

When you head into a dealership for a test drive, be sure to keep the items in this checklist in mind. You'll be able to find the car best matched to you when you use our checklist for buying a used car!

Checking Out the Interior Cabin

You'll be spending lots of time in the cabin of your next car, so you'll want to confirm that it's a solid match for you. Check the head- and legroom, not just for the driver's seat, but the backseat riders as well. When  you slide into the driver's seat, make all the adjustments you need to get comfortable.

Adjust the mirrors and steering wheel to your liking and get an idea of your blind spots. You should make sure the infotainment controls are within easy reach as well-and that the system is easy and intuitive to control. And be sure to check out the trunk or cargo area to see that it's the right size for all your needs.

During the Used Car Test Drive

If everything in the cabin checks out, it's time to take the car for a spin. You'll want to drive it on all sorts of roads to understand how it performs in a range of driving situations. From highways to hills, city streets to winding roads, take it everywhere to ensure no stone is left unturned.

Check the handling and ride quality, too. Make sure the ride is smooth enough for you-and that you feel at ease using the steering wheel. Experiment with short and long turns, swerves, and smooth transitions. And, make sure the brakes respond just the way you like, under soft and aggressive braking conditions.

Used Car Vehicle History Report

When you're shopping for a pre-owned car, you know you're not the first owner. How was the car cared for under its previous owner? You can learn more about that from the CARFAX Vehicle History Report™. It covers all sorts of essential information, like:

  • Service and Maintenance Records (if serviced at a dealership)
  • Accident Reports and Damage (including flood damage, etc.)
  • Title Information and Number of Owners

With that information, you can determine whether the car in question is a good investment for you. You can even ask about having a used car inspected by your own mechanic, to confirm mechanical soundness before buying.

Follow This Used Car Buying Checklist

There's nothing quite like getting behind the wheel of a quality pre-owned car. At Butler Toyota, we want to help our local drivers do just that with our checklist for buying a used car.

The next time you schedule a test drive, be sure to keep the principles from this used car buying checklist in mind. It's the best way to ensure that you choose a car that meets your needs.

 What's the best Toyota to buy used? Read our list for some top-tier options. If you have questions, contact us at Butler Toyota, your dealership serving Macon, Warner Robins, and Milledgeville!


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