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Used Car Buying Guide

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If you’re in the market for a quality used car, truck, or SUV in the Brick area, this used car buying guide from Honda of Toms River can help ensure that you get the pre-owned vehicle that will best suit your lifestyle and your budget. We;ve put together a used car buying checklist that will show you how to buy a used car while getting the best deal possible. Review our used car buying guide, then explore the wide variety of used vehicles for sale today at our dealership in Toms River.

Used Car Buying Checklist

1. Set a Budget

Before you head out to dealerships or used car lots around Manahawkin, you should know how much you can afford. In addition to looking at the sticker price and monthly payments, you should also consider the total cost of ownership. Factor in the interest on the loan, as well as insurance and maintenance costs. Ideally, you want to find a balance between the cost to buy and the cost to own that will fit your budget. Our convenient online payment calculator can help you determine a budget that’s right for you.

2. Research (Find a few models you’re interested in)

Doing a little research on a few different models will help you limit your search and make sure that the vehicle you choose will serve your Manahawkin-area driving needs. Be reasonable about the type of vehicle you shop for, check out its safety and reliability ratings, along with its current resale value. Online sources such as Edmunds and US News are reliable sources to find useful information on used car models.

3. Find Good Financing Options

If you’re like most used car shoppers, you may be planning on financing your purchase. You can use our online finance application to get pre-approved from the comfort of your home or office. It is also a good idea to see what kind of deal you can get at your bank or other local finance institutions. Armed with different loan offers will make your negotiation process at the dealership go smoother and help you get the loan package that is right for your budget.

4. Find Your Car at the Dealership

While you may find good prices offered from private sellers, buying a used car from a dealership like Honda of Toms River is safer. You can check out what our customers are saying, as well as take advantage of our used vehicle specials to get the best deal possible. We also have our certified technicians inspect each of our used trucks, cars, and SUVs to ensure that they are in top condition, inside and out. Our friendly and knowledgeable sales associates will be happy to answer your questions and help you find the ideal pre-owned vehicle to meet your needs.

5. Test Drive

Take the used vehicle you’re interested in out for a test drive. Get a feel for how the vehicle handles and the ride quality. Check out the features and most importantly decide how comfortable you are driving it.

6. Inspect Car / Review Vehicle History Report

Take the time to visually inspect the vehicle, checking for any body damage or leaks. You may wish to have a mechanic you trust do a quick evaluation for you. We offer a free vehicle history report with many of our used cars, which you should take a close look at to confirm that the vehicle has a clean title and hasn’t been involved in any serious accidents.

7. Complete Your Deal

If the vehicle checks all of the boxes for you, it’s time to finalize the deal. If you wish to negotiate, please do so based on facts, not emotions. Having done your research, you should have a good idea about the value of the vehicle. Stay focused on the total value of the vehicle, and have a notepad or calculator handy to run the numbers as needed. When you have agreed on a price, review the paperwork before signing anything.

8. Consider Additional Insurance Coverage

Liability insurance is mandatory, but you may wish to consider optional coverage such as GAP insurance. GAP insurance, or Guaranteed Asset Protection insurance, covers the difference between the value of the vehicle and the balance still owed on it. While it doesn’t cover bodily injuries, mechanical repairs, or your deductible, it covers:

  • Theft
  • Fire
  • Vandalism
  • Accidents
  • Nature damages (tornado, hurricane, flood, etc.)

Our finance team will be happy to discuss your insurance options so you can make an informed decision about what’s right for you and how much you can afford.

Find a Great Used Car Today at Honda of Toms River

Now that you have a better idea about how to buy a used car, come on down to Honda of Toms River. We carry a terrific selection of used Honda models as well as excellent pre-owned vehicles from many other top automakers, so you’re sure to find the right vehicle at the right price when you shop with us. Make sure to browse our inventory of used vehicles priced under $10,000, and if you have any questions about our pre-owned inventory or our used car buying checklist, please feel free to contact us.


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