Seven Things to Know Before You Buy a Preowned Vehicle

By barrettmotors | Posted in Uncategorized on Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 10:00 am

Shopping for a used car can be stressful, right? How do you know if it’s a lemon or not? Or if it’s been in a major accident? How do you know if it’s a good price? At Barrett Motors in Garland, Rowlett and Sachse, we know buying a used car can be nerve-wracking. But it really doesn’t have to be. Our team came up with a list of seven things you should know before buying a used car. 

We’ve been selling high quality, late model low mileage vehicles in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for 30 years. Which means we know a lot about used cars. Hopefully this list will help reduce your stress as you move forward in your search for a new, used car, truck, van or SUV.

Establish a Budget

This is one of the most important things you should do before you go car shopping. You need to know what your budget is. When determining that, make sure you factor in the cost of insurance, routine maintenance, and other fees. You want to stay within or below your budget, so you don’t stress out every month when it’s time to make your car payment.

Do Your Research

It’s always wise to spend some time doing research before you go to the showroom or dealership lot. For example, if you know you want to buy an SUV, spend some time researching SUVs. and are great website with tons of information about every make and model of SUV (or any other vehicle style) possible. Once you’ve narrowed down the SUV brand you are interested in buying, look at eBay and craigslist to view prices in your market over the past 30 days. You can also use the True Market Value pricing tool on, which will show you what others in your area have paid for a car. It pays to shop at a reputable auto dealership with a website that has the complete inventory of vehicles for sale. At Barrett Motors, we keep our used car inventory up to date on line. If it’s on our website, you know it’s still for sale. That means you can research actual vehicles we have before you even come out for a test drive! It will save you time and headaches.

Know Which Questions to Ask At The Dealership

The more prepared you are when you go to a dealership, the more confident you will feel. You can go to and check out their used car questionnaire. Bring it with you to Barrett Motors, and we’ll happily answer your questions. After all, we want you to be able to buy with confidence.

Create a Test Drive Check List

It’s easy to get excited or overwhelmed when you’re looking at used cars. They’re filled with great features—even some that you may not really need. If you take the time to prepare a list of what’s really important in your next vehicle, you won’t get distracted by other bells and whistles. Sure, that sports car looks cool, but if you’ve got a family, it may not have the legroom or cargo space you need.

Ask About Fees

Whether you’re buying from a dealership or an individual, you need to understand all the costs involved in buying a used car. There are usually extra fees for taxes, registration and documentation. You don’t want to fall in love with a vehicle that is more than your budget can handle.

Call The Dealership and Ask About Financing

Some used car dealerships only offer financing for a few vehicles on their lots. You want to know that before you go there. After all, what if the perfect car for you can’t be financed there? At all three Barrett Motors locations, we offer financing on every single vehicle on our lots. We’re a Buy Here Pay Here dealership, so we can provide financing quickly and easily. We’re proud that we can help individuals with credit problems buy a vehicle they can count on. Plus, we’re able to help buyers who have been in nearly every bad credit situation, including prior repossessions, bankruptcies and even charge offs.

Ask If The Vehicle Is Auto Check Certified

You want to make sure you’re buying a car, truck, van, SUV or crossover you can count on. That’s why every vehicle for sale at Barrett Motors has passed an extensive inspection. Every vehicle is Auto Check Certified, so you can be confident that you’re getting a great vehicle that you can depend on.

Check out our website at to find out more, or come see us at one of our three convenient Dallas area dealerships. We want to help you find the right car at the right price today.

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