Buying a pre-owned car is a financially sound option because it helps you avoid the steepest part of the depreciation curve. However, used vehicles can vary greatly in terms of price and condition, which can make it difficult for you to choose the right one. Then again, if you aren't too particular about the vehicle you want to buy, it's possible to find and purchase a well-conditioned used car at an incredible price. 

If you're looking for an affordable and dependable pre-owned car in Plano, Texas, consider dropping by Huffines Hyundai Plano to view our extensive selection of quality bargain-used vehicles. Whether you're thinking of getting a small hatchback or spacious SUV, you can be sure you'll find something on our lot that perfectly fits your needs and preferences. 

How To Find the Best Used Vehicle

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Thanks to the advancement of automotive technology, modern vehicles are generally longer-lasting than their older counterparts. Therefore, it's fairly easy to find a reliable car these days. However, if you have an eye for good pre-owned vehicles, you'll be able to identify hidden gems that offer fantastic value for your money. Below are some tips and tricks that can help you find the absolute best used car deal:

Look for a Vehicle With More Highway Miles

A well-maintained high-mileage car isn't only more affordable, but it can also last a long time. So, while many car buyers are avoiding high-mileage vehicles, you should carefully examine them to see what type of miles they have racked up. 

Generally, a vehicle that travels 300 miles a week on the highway will have far fewer problems than a similar one that commutes 200 miles a week in the city. If a car spends most of its life on the highway, it's bound to experience significantly fewer cold starts and less wear and tear on its brakes, transmission, steering, and suspension. With proper maintenance, it can run well past the 100,000-mile mark. 

So, how do you know if a particular vehicle has more highway or city miles? Let's look at some telltale signs of a highway-mile car.

  • Tar specks and stone chips on the front end: Most people consider tar specks and stone chips on the grille, hood lip, and front bumper blemishes, but they're actually evidence of a car frequently driven on the highway.

  • Bent fins in the radiator and air conditioner: Occasionally, insects, debris, and small stones hit the fins in your vehicle's radiator and air conditioner, causing them to bend. This is a natural consequence of high-speed driving on the highway.

  • Minimal wear on the brake pedal: Regularly going through stop-and-go traffic in the city means a lot of braking, which causes the brake pedal to wear at a faster rate. The brake pedal of a highway-mile vehicle won't be worn even after 100,000 miles. 

Check Consumer Reports for Reliability

Every year, Consumer Reports releases a survey report that lists the reliability ratings of almost every make and model of vehicle. As a used car buyer, you can look for reliability ratings that go back several years. The ratings are based on reports about common trouble spots in over a million vehicles. So, if you opt for a used car with a high-reliability rating from Consumer Reports, you can expect it to give you fewer problems down the road and serve you dependably for a long time.

Ask to See the Maintenance Records

A responsible car owner keeps a good record of their maintenance visits. The best maintenance record is a printout from the dealership showing faithful oil changes, impeccable maintenance, and repairs made with OEM parts. You'll want to purchase a vehicle that used to belong to a perfectionist. Such a car can easily last twice as long as a multi-owner one with no maintenance records. 

Choose a Dealer-Maintained Car

A dealer-maintained pre-owned vehicle is generally in better shape than a car that has been routinely serviced at a third-party auto shop. A dealership has technicians who specialize in inspecting, servicing, and repairing vehicles from the same manufacturer, so they're able to provide the highest-quality auto care. 

You should request a copy of the vehicle's service record detailing all the maintenance work done on it. Pay attention to the maintenance intervals, which should be no longer than six months. Also, compare the service record with the maintenance schedule in the owner's manual to see if the car has been maintained according to the manufacturer's recommendations. 

Get a Vehicle History Report 

Before you decide to buy a specific used vehicle, you should get a copy of its vehicle history report. This report provides a lot of information about the vehicle's past, including title status, odometer readings, previous owners, accident and repair history, and maintenance records. It gives you a better idea of the overall condition of the car and helps you determine whether it has any hidden problems. 

Many dealerships offer free vehicle history reports for certain pre-owned vehicles on their lots. If your dealer doesn't have a report for the particular car you're interested in, you can get a copy from CARFAX or AutoCheck. 

Why Buy a Bargain Used Car From Huffines Hyundai Plano


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At Huffines Hyundai Plano, you'll find a large and diverse selection of well-maintained pre-owned vehicles under $15,000. Besides Hyundai models, we also carry used cars, SUVs, trucks, and minivans from a wide range of other automakers, including Chevrolet, Buick, Ford, Jeep, Volkswagen, Toyota, Honda, Kia, and Nissan. 

As part of our commitment to quality, we extensively inspect and recondition all of our pre-owned cars at our service center before we put them up for sale on our lot. Therefore, you can rest assured you'll drive home a problem-free and reliable car. Many of our bargain vehicles are priced below their market values, making them some of the best used car deals you can find in the area. 

Shop the bargain inventory at Huffines Hyundai Plano to get the most bang for your buck. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or want to schedule a test drive. 

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