Used Car Buying Guide (Video Version)

July 22nd, 2017 by

Not so long ago the sales team at Auto City came up with the Ultimate Used Car Buying Guide. Our goal was to educate used car shoppers locally in San Diego and beyond about all the important nuances of the car shopping process to empower our customers with knowledge and skills to win the used car shopping game. After many downloads and overwhelmingly positive feedback, we decided to revisit the the Guide, this time in a video format with the help of Ariel Levine – a San Diego local car guy and automotive enthusiast. Here are the 10 most important sections of the Guide that cover most frequent questions that used car shoppers ask and common mistakes often made.


5 Reasons to Buy a USED Car Instead of NEW
10 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Shopping for Used Cars
How To Read an Auto Finance Contract
How To Read A Vehicle History Report (CARFAX, AutoCheck)
Understanding Vehicle Recalls
What is a GOOD DEAL on a Used Car?
Should You Consider Buying a Prior Rental Car?
Shopping Used Cars at Dealerships vs. Private Parties
Demystifying Used Car Prices
New Trends In Used Car Buying


5 Reasons to Buy a USED Car Instead of NEW.

Shopping for a new car? Have you considered the USED market? Take a look around! The used car market will not only save you money, it also offers a variety of great benefits. In this video we explore 5 major reasons to shop used instead of new, and the benefits of the low-mileage, “Nearly New” market. READ ARTICLE>


10 Common Mistakes To Avoid When Shopping for Used Cars.

After selling thousands of cars over the years, we’ve noticed a pattern of mistakes used car shoppers tend to make. Avoid these mistakes! Here are 10 mistakes to AVOID when shopping for used cars. Be wise! READ ARTICLE>


How To Read an Auto Finance Contract.

These contracts can be pretty daunting and confusing, so many lines, so many numbers, so much fine print! In this video we break down the finance contract bit by bit, so you can have a clearer understanding of it, and so you know what you’re paying for. READ ARTICLE>


How To Read A Vehicle History Report (CARFAX, AutoCheck).

Shopping for a used car? It’s so important to check that car’s history? Having a clear understanding of the life of that car will help you decide whether or not it’s worth buying! With so many great online resources for vehicle history reports, there’s no excuse to not check it out! Watch for key points to look out for when checking the report. READ ARTICLE>


Understanding Vehicle Recalls.

Let’s talk recalls! They’re so common, almost every car has one. Some can be more serious than others. Let’s talk recalls, so you know how to spot one, and what to do if your car has a recall. READ ARTICLE>


What is a GOOD DEAL on a Used Car?

Getting a good deal on a used car is more than just about the price! There are additional factors that go into a good deal, such as quality, mileage, and your personal preferences. In this video we explore the best ways to calculate value, thereby a good deal on a used car. READ ARTICLE>


Should You Consider Buying a Prior Rental Car?

Every year, thousands of rental cars are retired from the fleet and brought over for sale on used car lots? Are they a wise investment? Should you consider buying a prior rental car as your next used car? Let’s explore some of the major pros and cons of buying prior rentals! READ ARTICLE>


Shopping Used Cars at Dealerships vs. Private Parties.

Now that you have made your decision to shop for a used car, where do you go? Do you shop at a used car dealership? Or do you hunt down your perfect match on the private seller market? Both certainly do have their benefits, but both can also be a harrowing experience! Here are some benefits and drawbacks of both Dealerships and Private Parties! READ ARTICLE>


Demystifying Used Car Prices.

It may be difficult to determine if the price on a used car is actually fair. To give you a better understanding, here we break down how a dealership determines prices on their cars. READ ARTICLE>


New Trends In Used Car Buying.

The world is changing around us, and so is the used car buying experience! In this video we explore how things like The Internet have improved used car buying for you, the customer. READ ARTICLE>


Now that you are an expert at buying used cars, test your knowledge on our diverse inventory of carefully selected and reconditioned used cars or share this guide (or the PDF version) with your friends who may be in marked for a used car.