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What To Look For When Shopping For A Used Vehicle

Buying A Used Vehicle Is Easy At Subaru Of North Tampa

Because new vehicles can depreciate as much as 60% after just 5 years on the road, buying a used vehicle is a fantastic financial decision. However, buying a used car requires a bit of due diligence to ensure that you'll be driving home in a quality vehicle and not one that is prone to problems.

At Subaru of North Tampa, we make it easy to drive home in a quality used vehicle thanks to our hand-selected inventory, our collection of certified vehicles, and our hassle-free used car financing! Let's take a look at some of the things you should look for when shopping for a used vehicle, and be sure to stop by Subaru Tampa to take advantage of exceptional deals!

Shop For A Used Car Like A Pro

It's difficult to tell exactly how a vehicle was treated and maintained by its previous owner but just by looking at it. Here is our used car inspection checklist to help you determine whether or not a vehicle is worth taking home:

Check the Vehicle History Report

A vehicle history report will uncover key information about a vehicle's title. This report can include the vehicle's accident history, title status, and may even include maintenance records.

Check for Mechanical Failures

Always test drive a used vehicle before you buy it. If a used vehicle displays any of these symptoms on a test drive, it may be an indication that the vehicle needs service:

  • Exhaust smoke
  • Rough idle
  • Leaking fluids
  • Engine hesitation
  • Dirty fluids
  • Low fluid levels
  • Warning lights
  • Unusual noises
  • Vibrating steering wheel
  • Engine stalling

While these are just a few of the many issues that a used vehicle May have, you can find additional peace of mind by taking a used vehicle to a trusted mechanic. We highly recommend taking a used vehicle to a mechanic if you are purchasing from a private party.

Check the Features

During your test drive, you want to make sure that all of the features work. Here are a few features you want to check to make sure they work properly:

  • Turn signals
  • Power windows
  • Radio
  • Air Conditioning
  • Moonroof
  • Comfort features such as heated/ cooled seats
  • Headlights and tail lights

Skip The Inspections With Certified Pre-Owned

If you're looking to skip the inspections but still drive home in a quality vehicle consider Subaru certified pre-owned. Subaru certified pre-owned vehicles have strict age and mileage limitations, and go through extensive vetting to ensure that every certified pre-owned used car is the best of the best. Subaru certified pre-owned vehicles offer a wealth of benefits:

  • Less than five model years old with less than 80,000 miles on the odometer
  • Seven Years/100,000-mile Powertrain Warranty
  • Complimentary roadside assistance
  • CARFAX™ vehicle history report, and more!

Is There A Used Car Dealership Near Me?

If you're looking for quality used cars for sale, in Tampa, FL, we welcome you to come into Subaru of North Tampa. Not only do we feature fantastic customer service, but our Finance Center strives to get you on the road with affordable monthly payments. We work directly with Subaru Financial Services as well as local banks and credit unions to get you a competitive interest rate, even if you have a less than perfect credit score.

Make your way down to Subaru of North Tampa today and find out why drivers in Tampa, FL, Lake Magdalene, FL, and University, FL, come straight to us for all of their automotive needs.