Get MORE tips on buying a used car in Charlotte, NC!

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If you’re out shopping for a Charlotte used car, chances are you’ve encountered frustration, worry, and even a little bit of fear. Buying a vehicle is always a stressful experience, simply because it’s such a large investment that you want to ensure you’re getting your money’s worth on a vehicle that will be dependable in the future. This is evident even more so when you’re shopping for a pre-owned vehicle! You don’t want to end up with a lemon, and you want to choose the vehicle that’s a good fit for your needs. Luckily, Toyota of N Charlotte has tips to help make your experience more pleasant! Let’s walk through them, step by step! 

How much can you spend on your Charlotte used car? 

First things first – how much can you allot out of your budget on a monthly payment, and how much of a down payment can you put down? At our dealership, we have a great selection of used cars in Charlotte that offer a wide variety of prices. We’ve even got a lot full of bargain options priced under $10,000. Figure out your budget, and our sales associates will help you narrow down the selection! 

Next, what kind of option are you looking for? Do you want a family-friendly SUV, or are you looking for a pre-owned hybrid like the used Toyota Prius in Charlotte? Whatever you’re looking for, we can help you locate it, as our options encompass all makes and models and a variety of styles. However, you should address what needs you’ll encounter in your day-to-day driving. Do you need a fuel-efficient car, or one that’s capable of being a work truck? Figure it out before you start to shop!

Don’t forget to consider other important factors along with the type of used car you’re seeking. How much mileage will you accept? What about past accidents, or recalls that might have taken place? If you’ve settled on a car then request its CarFax report to get a detailed list of the vehicle’s history – our Toyota Certified Used Cars in Charlotte come standard with this helpful document! 

Take a test drive with one of our knowledgeable associates! 

The next step to tackle is to take the used car in question out for a spin! One of our sales associates can accompany you on a test drive, where you should make note of things like: 

  • Any damage to the car, such as scratches, dings, or any rust
  • How smoothly the vehicle accelerates, and how the brakes feel to you – do they get the job done effectively? 
  • Is the car comfortable, and is it spacious enough for your needs? Is the trunk or cargo area large enough?
  • How does the engine sound – do you hear anything that sounds odd? 
  • Is your drive time smooth, or do you feel every bump you hit? This can indicate the quality of the car’s suspension! 


Want more tips on how to make your used car buying experience as efficient as possible? Visit our N Charlotte Toyota dealership! We’re happy to help you narrow the field and drive home happy. Ask about our Auto Club for help with credit conundrums, and schedule your test drive today at (888) 883-3797!