When you're on a budget but still need a vehicle, buying a used car is a great alternative to buying new. Some consumers feel nervous about purchasing used, as there may be underlying issues with the car. But here at Asheville Lincoln, we inspect all of our used vehicles before we sell them, so you can rest assured that you're getting a quality vehicle. We've listed some of the most common questions people have about used cars, so keep reading to learn more.

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What's the difference between used and CPO?

CPO, or Certified Pre-Owned, just means that a used car is rigorously inspected to meet brand standards, and any issues found are repaired. CPO vehicles must also meet certain criteria, such as age and mileage limits, in order to be considered certified. These vehicles tend to be a bit more expensive than regular used cars due to these strict standards.

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What should I watch out for in a used car?

First, check the exterior for any extensive damage. Most used vehicles will have a few scratches or small dents, but look for anything major. Then, take the vehicle for a test drive and listen for any mechanical issues such as squealing brakes. You can also ask for a CARFAX History Report.

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How do I know that I'm getting a good deal?

Look up the make and model on KBB.com. You'll be able to see the vehicle's approximate value compared to the offered price.

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Why should I buy from a dealership?

A private party can't offer the same perks as a dealership, nor can they offer Certified Pre-Owned vehicles. Plus, a dealership can help you get financing, if needed. We inspect every used vehicle that's sold to us, so you can have peace of mind when buying used from us.

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What are the benefits of buying a used car?

You can get a great car for a great price when buying used. When buying new, you'll have to pay much more for upgrades like a better stereo system, whereas you can spend much less for the same or similar upgrades on a slightly older model. You'll also be less likely to be hit with major depreciation like with a new vehicle.

Ready to buy a used car from us? Give us a call or come see us at 611 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806. We look forward to serving our customers from Weaverville, Hendersonville and Fletcher.