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How to Buy a Used Car in Kansas City, MO

Are you getting ready to purchase a pre-owned car for the first time but aren’t sure how to get started? There’s no reason to stress. Just follow the steps below, and you’ll be driving home in your next car or SUV in no time. You can also call (866) 205-1181 anytime during business hours to speak with a product specialist at our Honda dealership in Kansas City, MO about our pre-owned inventory or used car financing.

1.Set a Budget

Figure out how much you are willing to spend on your car. Conventional wisdom says you should budget no more than 15% of your monthly take-home pay toward your auto expenses. That includes your car payment, insurance, fuel, and maintenance. Remember that it’s prudent to budget more for repairs and auto service with a used car than you would for a new car, since it has already experienced wear and tear and isn’t protected under warranty.

2.Do Your Research

The next step is to determine whether you want a car or an SUV. Look into what vehicles are most dependable, so you can be sure that whatever you choose will last as long as you need it to. Honda is listed among the most reliable car brands year after year by both U.S. News & World Report and Consumer Reports.
Other helpful tips include:
  • Check online resources like Kelley Blue Book and to get an idea of what’s a fair price for a particular model and year.
  • Read the vehicle history report to learn how many owners a vehicle has had, whether it’s ever been in an accident, and whether the previous owner followed the maintenance schedule.
  • Test-drive the used car you are interested in, and make sure all components are working properly.

3.Buy the Car

Some customers purchase their used car up front, but many still choose to finance their car purchases. If you plan to finance, you can get pre-approved instantly with the application form on our website. We also offer a selection of pre-owed vehicles for sale for less than $12,000.

Benefits of Buying From A Dealer

When you are buying a used car, you have two options. You can buy from a dealer like Honda of Tiffany Springs just like you would for a new car, or you can buy from a private seller. However, there are many reasons why a dealership is still the best place to purchase a used car.
  • Our massive pre-owned inventory means you can look at all kinds of different models without having to drive all over town.
  • Our pre-owned cars are reconditioned and well cared for, which isn’t guaranteed with dubious “as-is” cars sold by private individuals.
  • We accept trade-ins, so you can sell your old car and buy your next one in a single, easy transaction.
  • Our Honda dealership supplies financing on your used car purchase, while most private sellers will only accept cash.
  • Certified Pre-Owned Honda models, which are only available at dealers like Honda of Tiffany Springs, include their own warranty.
  • We’ll handle all the necessary paperwork, including the title transfer and vehicle registration, for you.
Are you ready to buy your next pre-owned car or SUV? Dive into the used inventory at Honda of Tiffany Springs, or contact our team to let us know exactly what you’re looking for, and we’ll help you find it!
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