So you're looking at buying a used car in or around Kaukauna. Congratulations! Buying a car, new or used, is a big accomplishment. Here at Kolosso CDJR, we have plenty of quality low-mileage pre-owned vehicles for sale, with tons available for less than $10,000! But why should you buy used? Further, what do you need to know when buying a used car to be sure you comply with any applicable laws of buying car from a dealer like ours and to be sure you get the best deal? Find out below or contact us to learn more!

Why Buy a Used Car vs. a New Car from a Dealer?

There are many reasons to buy a used car over a new car. Here are some top reasons Green Bay and Neenah drivers choose to buy used vs. new at a dealership like Kolosso CDJR:

  • Pricing: When you buy used vs. new, you stand to save thousands of dollars for a similar vehicle. That may also mean the ability to get more features for your money.
  • Trade-In Process: When you buy used from a dealership, the trade-in process is much easier than attempting to sell your old vehicle yourself to a private party.
  • Financing: Our used car financing solutions and used car specials make buying used from us more affordable!

Tips for Buying a Used Car from a Dealer

Not sure what to keep in mind, both in terms of laws of buying a used car from a dealer, and in terms of how to buy a used car from a dealer? Let us help! Here are some things to consider:

  • How to Apply for Financing: If you buy from us, you can get approved for financing online or in-person at our Oshkosh area used car dealership, and we'll work with local lenders to get you the best rate possible. You also, however, can shop around for different loans to ensure you get the best deal and then come to us and see if we can meet or beat that! We're motivated to secure you a fair used car financing deal.
  • How to Find the Right Car: You can search on sites like Cars.com, or just browse inventory on dealer websites directly! If you choose the latter option, you also have the added benefit of filtering by what matters most. For instance, you can search directly for certified pre-owned models.
  • How to Get a Vehicle History Report: Make sure you get a vehicle history report for any used car you're thinking of buying, wherever you buy it, so you know more about how it's been taken care of.
  • What to Know When Viewing a Used Car: When you view a used car, inspect the areas under the wheel wells, near the bumper and engine bay and more to see if there are tool marks present, indicating the car may have been in an accident. Inspect tire wear. Test-drive the used car, keeping an eye out for any noises or vibrations. Test the windows, A/C and heat, and all electronic systems. In short, make sure the car functions normally. Be sure to take note of any odors or stains inside and exterior scratches or dents.

How to Negotiate a Used Car Deal

When you buy a used car from a dealer, you'll want to learn how to effectively negotiate a used car deal. Here's what you should be aware of:

  • Do Your Homework: Make sure to inspect what the fair market value is for any vehicle in which your interested. Get a history report. Get a pre-purchase inspection on the vehicle. In short, learn everything you can about the car, its condition, and how much it is really worth.
  • Know Your Price: After doing research, be prepared to come to the negotiating table with a fair price in mind. 
  • Calculate Potential Car Payments in Advance: Use tools like online payment calculators to play around with down payment, trade-in value, and vehicle price to see how much your monthly payments could be. Keep these values in mind during negotiation. 

Contact or Visit Us Today with Additional Questions

Ready to further explore how to buy a used car from a dealer or how to negotiate a used car deal near Manitowoc or Waupaca? Don't hesitate to reach out to our finance team here at Kolosso CDJR! We're here to make the used car buying process easy and convenient for you!