5 Steps to Buy a Used Car

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5 Steps to Buying A Used Car

If you’re a first-time car buyer or you’ve only purchased new vehicles in the past, you might be wondering how to buy a used car at a dealership within your ideal price range. Our Idaho Falls Subaru dealer would love to guide you through the process of comparing used Subaru models and applying for an auto loan in Idaho. Check out these basic five steps to buy a used car at Wackerli Subaru!

Determine Your Budget

The best place to start your car-buying journey is by taking a look at your finances. It’s important to consider the savings you have for a down payment and your monthly income. Don’t forget to factor in auto insurance, maintenance and (if applicable) parking costs when identifying used Subaru models in your price range.


Research Makes & Models

Whether you have a specific model in mind or there’s a particular feature you’re looking for, researching various used cars for sale ahead of your visit will make the next steps easier. We have everything from Certified Pre-Owned Subaru SUVs and used trucks to pre-owned sedans and hatchbacks that you’re sure to love.


Review Vehicle History

It’s essential to review a vehicle history report and find out if the vehicle was in previous accidents. We may also have service records for you to check out. By viewing these documents, you’ll have more context for the used car’s condition and need for potential future repairs.


Take a Test-Drive

We always recommend scheduling a test-drive before you purchase a vehicle. This allows you to experience how the used car handles, listen for strange sounds and try out cabin technology. You may not realize how much you love a specific pre-owned Subaru until you get behind the wheel.


Discuss Auto Finance Options

Once you’ve found the best used car for your lifestyle and budget, it’s time to discuss auto financing options. We can help you secure competitive used car loan interest rates and establish terms that fit your monthly income. If you have enough money saved to buy a pre-owned vehicle outright, we’ll make the process fast and simple.