What to Look for in a Used Car

Helvetica Neue, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-variant-ligatures: no-common-ligatures;">You're thinking of buying a used car, but maybe you're not sure what to look for. The team at Crest Ford is here to help you learn what you should be on the lookout for when you start shopping for your next vehicle. We want our friends in the Detroit, Sterling Heights, and Warren, MI, areas to be confident when they shop with us.

We'll go over the different steps of buying a used car, and which points should be on your radar. After you're done here, make sure to check out our online inventory and set up a test drive. For now, read on to learn what to look for in a used car.

Do Your Research

You wouldn't walk into your local cellphone provider branch and grab the first phone you saw, would you? Of course not! You'd do your research first.

It's the same with buying a used car. There are plenty of online resources you can use to investigate how much the model is going for on the market. These include Kelley Blue Book®, Black Book, and Edmunds.

Once you've narrowed down your choices to the model you want, you can check out our inventory of used cars. You can even investigate each car individually by using their vehicle identification number (VIN) in Kelley Blue Book®.

Check the Inside and Outside

Once you're armed with your research, it's time to contact our dealership and let us know what car you'd like to test drive. We'll get the car pulled from the lot and get it ready for you. All our vehicles are inspected by our team of expert appraisers, so you can rest assured that these models are in tip-top shape. If you're choosing a certified pre-owned model, it will meet the following standards:

  • Ford Blue Certified: This level of certification applies to any make or model 10 model years or younger with 120,000 miles or less that have passed a 139-point inspection.
  • Ford Gold Certified: This level of certification applies only to Ford models six model years or younger with 80,000 miles or less that have passed a 172-point inspection.

When we pull the car around for you, go ahead and examine the exterior to your heart's content. After, we'll get you inside, show you all the available features, and let you test them out.

Hit the Road for a Test Drive

Once you're satisfied with how the exterior and interior look, we'll take you out on the road. You can never really know a car, truck, or SUV until you drive it, so we can take you on to our local roads, so you can get an idea of how your potential vehicle drives.

Let Our Guide Help You Learn What to Look for in a Used Car

We hope our quick guide has given you an idea of what to look for when you're thinking of buying a used car. The team at Crest Ford will be happy to help you find the right used car, truck, or SUV for your needs and lifestyle around Detroit, Sterling Heights, and Warren, Michigan.

Contact us about our used inventory today!

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