What’s the best way to find and buy a good used car?
Know what you can afford
You shouldn’t spend more than a quarter of your income on car payments, as a general rule. So, buy with your head and not with your heart. That’ll prevent you getting over your head later on. Decide your budget, and then stick to it. When you’re ready, use our online application to get financing.
Make a wish list
Once you know what you can afford, make a list of cars that fit the bill. Keep an open mind. You should have some secondary options that you will be willing to settle for in case you discover that your first choice doesn’t actually meet your needs or fit your budget.
Check prices and reviews online
Gather all the information you can about the models you’re interested in. Besides checking car review sites, online forums are a great place to learn about specific features and issues with specific cars straight from owners. Then, use our online tools to see the true market value of the car you want.
Check the inventory at Poulin Auto Sales
Use our online inventory search to sort by make/model, year, mileage, price, body style, MPG or color. With our extensive inventory, you’re sure to find something that fits your needs. Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Use our online vehicle finder notification system.
Check the vehicle history report
Click online or call us for the free AutoCheck report of the car you’re interested in. You can use the vehicle’s VIN to get an even more detailed report online. We include a free AutoCheck vehicle history report with every vehicle to instill confidence in our customers, because an informed customer is a happy customer.
Don’t just kick the tires! The only way to know for sure if a car is the right one for you is to take it for a spin. Try to make up a route that simulates what your usual driving routine is like (i.e., if you you do a lot of highway miles, get the vehicle up to highway speed and see what it’s like).
All that’s left is a little painless paperwork, and then you’re ready to relax and enjoy your “brand-new” used car!