What You Should Know Before Buying a Used Car

buying a used car
Buying a used car is a great idea for the buyer on a budget.

Today, used cars are more reliable and long-lasting than ever. Follow these tips for the best used car buying experience.

  • Calculate Your Budget. Before doing anything else, you should decide what you can and are willing to spend. Think about financing and how much you can handle in terms of a monthly payment.
  • Decide What Kind of Car You Want. The used car market is vast – and might paralyze you with how many choices are out there! Try narrowing down what you’re looking for ahead of time.
  • Investigate! There’s no such thing as too much research. Research all different kinds of vehicles and when you’ve decided what you’re into, research what your ideal car typically goes for.
  • Inspect and Get a Vehicle History Report. So, you’ve done all that research and found your dream car – now what? Make sure to do a full inspection and get a Vehicle History Report from the seller.
  • Negotiate. If everything else checked out, it’s time to negotiate and pay what you want for your new (used) car.

At Chip Wynn Motors, we have plenty of great used cars in our inventory – so make sure to start your search by stopping by today.

Now Is the Time to Buy a Used Car

Time to Buy a Used Car
No one wants to pay more than they have to for a car. So, if you’re in the market for a car, now is the time to buy a used car.

No one wants to pay more than they have to for a car. So, if you’re in the market for a car, now is the time to buy a used car. You could potentially find an excellent bargain since there is a current influx of used cars across the country and prices are falling.

There are an estimated 3.3 million cars to be returned this year as their 2014 leases end. That is a lot of cars. And, since lease contracts carry so many stipulations for mileage and wear and tear, these used cars will be in excellent condition.

And, because there will be so many cars to sell, dealerships, like us here at Chip Wynn Motors, will be pricing used cars to move. You should be able to find bargains in nearly every segment. In the crossover and SUV segments, keep your eyes open for a Honda CR-V or the full-size GMC Yukon. Look for deals on the ever-popular mid-size Toyota Camry. And, if you need something small, consider the compact Nissan Versa or Toyota Yaris.

Here at Chip Wynn Motors, we carry a wide range of makes and models with cars to fit nearly any budget. Come visit us today to score an excellent deal on a great used car.

Best Used Cars for College Students

Used Cars for College
Since most students don’t have the budget for a new car, check out some of the best used cars for college that will fit right in on any campus.

All across the country, thousands upon thousands of students are gearing up to head off to college. Whether it’s their first year or their last, having a car on campus can be a great benefit. However, most students don’t have the budget for a new car. Here are some of the best used cars for college that will fit right in on any campus.

  • Mazda 3. This little car is available in either sedan or hatchback form. It delivers sharp styling, lots of features, and respectable fuel efficiency.
  • Kia Soul. Young drivers appreciate a car with style, and there’s nothing quite like the Kia Soul. Its boxy styling gives it a spacious interior and it comes loaded with technology.
  • Honda Fit. Versatility is the name of the game for this subcompact hatchback. It comes with a surprisingly roomy interior, delivers excellent fuel efficiency, and unmatched reliability.
  • Ford Edge. For students who prefer a taller driving position, the Edge delivers that and so much more. It has earned top safety recommendations numerous times and comes with a lot of desirable features.

Here at Chip Wynn, we have an ever-changing inventory of excellent used cars. We frequently have many of these models available. Stop by today and we’ll help you find the perfect car to head to college.

The Most Dependable Car Brands from J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study

Most Dependable Car Brands
In the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, some of the most dependable car brands are put into the spotlight.

Buying a used car isn’t nearly as risky as it used to be just a few decades ago because vehicles are made to last longer and be more dependable. However, some brands are still a lot better than others. In the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, it highlights the most dependable car brands.

This study followed owners of 2013 model year vehicles and asked them to track how many problems they encountered over the past 12 months. The results are then recorded as problems per 100 vehicles (PP100).

Coming in at the top of the list is Lexus with only 95PP100. The highest-ranked non-luxury brand is Toyota, which came in fourth place with 113PP100. The industry average for this study was 152PP100. Some of the other well-performing brands include GMC, Chevrolet, Honda, Ram, Lincoln, Cadillac, and Volvo.

If you’re in the market for a used car that you can feel confident driving day-in and day-out, this study would be a great place to start. Here at Chip Wynn Motors, we frequently have many of these dependable brands in stock. Our inventory is always changing, so let us know what you’re looking for and we can give you a call when we have it.

Best Used Cars for Teens

Best Used Cars for Teens
If you are considering buying a car for your teen so you can be less of a chauffeur, then here is a list of some of the best used cars for teens.

When your teenager reaches driving age, you probably have mixed emotions. You feel proud that they are gaining some independence, yet also scared out of your mind that they are gaining some independence. If you are considering buying a car for your teen so you can be less of a chauffeur, you don’t want to spend a fortune, but you also want to make sure it is safe.

These cars are recommended by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) because they perform well in crash tests, are equipped with electronic stability control, and all cost less than $20,000. Out of about 150 on their list, there are even a lot of models in the under $10,000 category (80 on the list) and under $5,000 category (19 on the list). Here are just some highlights.

$5,000 or Less

  • Volvo XC90 model year 2005 and newer.
  • Hyundai Azera model year 2006-2011.
  • Hyundai Sonata model year 2006-2010.
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan model year 2005-2008.

Between $5,000 and $10,000

  • Ford Fusion model year 2010 and newer.
  • Chevrolet Malibu model year 2010 and newer.
  • Subaru Forester model year 2009 and newer.
  • Dodge Journey model year 2010 and newer.

Between $10,000 and $20,000

  • Ford F-150 crew cab model year 2011 and newer.
  • GMC Acadia model year 2011 and newer.
  • Mazda6 model year 2014 and newer.
  • Toyota Camry model year 2012 and newer.

Here at Chip Wynn, our inventory is constantly changing, but we frequently have many of these models in stock. Give us a call and tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll help you find the perfect safe used car for your teen.