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6 Tips for Buying a Used Car During Covid-19

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Thanks to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, many businesses have had to learn to adapt. This includes used car dealerships. Dealers across the country are including things like white glove driveway delivery and appointment-only showroom shopping to help keep both them and their customers safe.

In all 50 states, dealers are now offering consumers a remote way to purchase a new car. Others, such as CARFAX, are taking things a step further by providing tips to help make sure you’re getting the right car at the right price during this time.

Tips on How to Purchase a Used Car During Covid-19 Pandemic

Here are 6 tips on how to get the best deal on a used car during the coronavirus outbreak:

Do your homework on any vehicles you’re considering beforehand

You’ll want to have a good understanding of their history and if they’ve been involved in any incidents. Services like CARFAX offer the ability to purchase a history report, and all vehicles listed on their website come with a free vehicle history report.

Research how much the car is worth

The last thing you want to do is pay more for a used car than you have to. The car’s value will be based on several factors, including current market conditions and the VIN-specific history of the car.

Let the dealer be your eyes and ears

You can work with a car dealer over email to help find the perfect car without ever having to step foot on the lot. Request available inventory and photos of any car you’re interested in. Don’t be afraid to ask for more information. You can also let the dealer know if there are any special vehicles or features that you’re particularly interested in.

You can still take the car for a test-drive

Work with the dealer so that you can do your due diligence and take the car out for a test drive before you sign any paperwork. The last thing you need is to be caught by surprise, especially during a pandemic. You’ll want to make sure that you properly disinfect any surfaces before you touch them.

Ask if the dealer has a return policy

You’ll want to do more than a test drive when purchasing a used vehicle. Ask the dealer if they have a return policy so that you can take the car to be inspected by an independent mechanic. Service bays are open all over the country who can perform these inspections safely.

Check for any open recalls on the car you’re interested in

If you have your eyes set on a particular car model, take the time to research to find out if the car has any open recalls. You’ll want to make sure that any recall work is completed before you purchase the car.

DJ Swanson

DJ Swanson

D.J. Swanson never planned to be a writer. His first job was working in his family’s autobody shop, but after studying English and journalism in college, he decided not to join the family business.

Instead, D.J. realized that he could make a difference by helping people learn how to maintain their cars and drive safely in challenging conditions. He is proud to share his lifelong knowledge of cars and driving here at Daily Traffic Alerts.

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