Used Car Tips in St. Louis

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When a car suddenly breaks down, a driver needs a replacement as soon as possible. Buying a used car is never simple, however, and there are a few things that a person should keep in mind before heading out to a dealership to speak with a salesperson. Here at 5 Star Auto Plaza, we like our clients to be as informed as possible, so want to share some used car tips in St. Louis when buying a used or pre-owned vehicle.

Buyers should keep in mind that there is a distinct difference between a car that is labeled as used and a car that is labeled as pre-owned. Both are previously owned, or used vehicles – but a pre-owned car typically has been well looked over by an authorized mechanic, and comes with that certification. That type of certificate or guarantee almost always offers a better warranty than a used car. Some used cars may not have a warranty at all. Before purchasing a used car, it is always wise to have the vehicle looked over by a mechanic, just to get a second opinion.

Financing can be tough as well. For those with bad credit, it may be best to find a Buy Here Pay Here dealership, such as 5 Star. Here, we make all of our own financial decisions. When buying a used car at another dealership, most likely they will have to send the credit report to a third party for approval or denial. Sometimes that can take up to a week to process, and dealerships usually don’t let buyers know that beforehand. If a person needs reliable transportation in a jiffy, smaller, more personable dealerships may be best. Even for those with good credit, Buy Here Pay Here dealerships can often offer better financing deals.

For more used car tips in St. Louis, or to learn about our dealership, give 5 Star Auto Plaza a call at (636)940-7600 to speak with a professional member of our team.

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