Price is often one of the most important considerations for customers looking for a new vehicle. At Huffines Hyundai Plano, we're passionate about helping our customers find great cars at prices they can afford. Because of this, we offer a special selection of bargain vehicles under $15,000. While bargain vehicles can be a great option for shoppers on a budget, there are several factors to keep in mind during the purchasing process to give you greater peace of mind while finding the perfect car for your needs.

Things To Consider When Buying a Bargain Vehicle

 

While bargain vehicles can be a great deal, there are also some risks associated with buying used cars. If you choose to buy a bargain vehicle, keep the following factors in mind:

Mileage

The number of miles a car has driven can be a good indicator of its overall health. In most cases, greater mileage indicates more wear and may mean that a vehicle will have a shorter life span. However, not all miles are the same. Highway driving is much less damaging to cars than city driving, since constant speeds allow for more efficient engine function and less brake usage. Highway driving also usually leads to fewer cold starts and causes less wear on the steering column and transmission.

When checking your future car's mileage, try to determine whether it spent more time on the highway or in the city. Here are some signs to look for:

  • Brake pedal wear: City driving includes much more stop-and-go traffic than highway driving, causing increased wear to the brake pedal. If a vehicle's brake pedal seems lightly used, this could indicate that it spent more time on the highway than on city streets.

  • Chips and tar specks: When driving at high speeds, debris from the road can cause blemishes on a car's hood and front end. While these can affect the vehicle's overall appearance, they can also show that it spent most of its time on the highway.

  • Bent radiator and condenser fins: Debris can also dent the fins in a car's radiator and air-conditioning system when moving at high speeds. Since this is less likely to occur at city speeds, this may mean that the car spent a lot of its time on the highway.

  • Age vs. mileage: When looking at a used car, compare its age to its mileage. If a car's mileage seems very high for its age, it may indicate highway driving, although it may also mean it was used as a ride-share vehicle.

  • Body damage: Damage on the sides and rear of a vehicle is more typical of city driving. When looking for a used car, look for ones that have wear on the front end but not over the entire body.

Maintenance History

When shopping for used cars, be sure to get a copy of their maintenance reports. Look for cars that have a good record of regular maintenance with reputable mechanics, including brake replacement, oil changes, and fluid flushes. If possible, try to find a vehicle that received service at a dealership, as this can indicate a more consistent standard of care and higher-quality replacement parts.

Vehicle History

One of the most important steps in buying a used car is obtaining a vehicle history report. This will give you a good overview of the vehicle's past and can help reveal any concerning details. These reports can tell you how many accidents a car has been involved in and how many owners it has had, and they can provide additional details about how it was used. For example, if a car was used as a taxi or ride-share vehicle, it might affect your decision to purchase it.

Advantages of Bargain Used Cars

Buying a bargain used vehicle can provide a number of benefits to customers. The biggest advantage is obviously the price. These vehicles are offered at a significant discount, making them a great alternative to new and certified pre-owned cars for customers on a budget. Since these cars are usually older, they also depreciate slower than new vehicles, which lose a large part of their value once they leave the lot.

Another benefit of lower prices is decreased insurance costs. In many cases, used cars cost much less to insure than new vehicles, since the original price and repair costs are often lower. Additionally, new cars can sometimes come with hidden costs, which you can avoid by buying bargain-priced used vehicles. Finally, buying a bargain car doesn't necessarily mean that you're getting an unreliable vehicle. Many modern cars are very dependable and will provide reliable transportation for years into the future.

Why You Should Buy a Bargain Vehicle at Huffines Hyundai Plano

If you live in the Plano area and are looking for a great price on a used car, look no further than Huffines Hyundai Plano. We have an extensive inventory of used vehicles from makers like Hyundai, Buick, Ford, Jeep, Toyota, Kia, Honda, Nissan, and Volkswagen, including a bargain inventory of vehicles for under $15,000. For your peace of mind, we inspect and recondition every used vehicle before it goes up for sale. It's our commitment to treat every member of our community like family, and you'll receive the best possible standard of service with our team.

That's a quick overview of some of the factors you should consider when looking for a bargain-priced vehicle. These tips can help you ensure that you're getting a great deal when buying a cheap car. At Huffines Hyundai Plano, we'll help you get the car you need at the price you want.

Aside from our extensive new and certified pre-owned inventory, we have a selection of bargain vehicles at great prices. You can swing by our dealership to check out these vehicles at any time. Alternatively, you can give us a call or contact us online with any questions about our current offerings, service department, or financing options. We hope to see you soon at Huffines Hyundai Plano.


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