What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

2022 Nissan Rogue in Driveway

While many shoppers tend to think buying a used car in NJ can be a risky proposition, knowing what to look for when buying a used car can help ensure that you get a dependable vehicle that will meet your driving needs. Here at Hudson Nissan, we carry a terrific selection of affordable used cars and certified pre-owned vehicles, all of which have been thoroughly inspected to ensure that each one is in top condition. That’s one of the reasons why many Newark-area used car shoppers prefer to buy from an established dealership like ours instead of a third party. Learn more about what to look for when buying a used car and what to ask when buying a used car, then visit our dealership in Jersey City to check out our high-quality used vehicles today!



Buying a Used Car in NJ: What to Look For 

Mileage, service and maintenance history, and the overall condition of the vehicle are all important things to check out when shopping for a pre-owned vehicle. Here’s a rundown of what to look for when buying a used car:

  • Service/Maintenance History: A used car, truck, or SUV that has been kept up to date on its scheduled maintenance can last for 150,000 to 200,000 miles or more.
  • Exterior Condition: Inspect the exterior of the vehicle for scratches or dents and take a look at whether the body panels line up evenly. Uneven panels could be a sign that the vehicle was in an accident but not properly repaired. It’s a good idea to open and close the doors, hood, and trunk to ensure that they are working correctly. 
  • Interior Condition: Look for wear and tear in the upholstery and check the carpet and floor mats for signs of water damage.
  • Check for Leaks: After you test drive the vehicle, take a look beneath it to see if there is any fluid leaking. Black fluid is most likely oil, while green, yellow, or pink fluid could be antifreeze. Reddish fluid could be transmission or power-steering fluid. 
  • Get the Vehicle Inspected: You always have the option of getting the vehicle inspected by a mechanic of your choice prior to purchasing. This is especially important if you are buying from a private seller.

What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Whether buying a used car in NJ at a Staten Island area dealership like Hudson Nissan or buying from a private seller, knowing what to ask when buying a used car can help you make sure that you don’t get stuck with a lemon. Here are some questions you should get answers to:

  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • Are the maintenance records available?
  • What is the vehicle’s mileage?
  • Is the car still under warranty?
  • Are the amenities and features in good working condition?
  • What is the ownership history?
  • Are there any current recalls on the vehicle?
  • How was the vehicle priced?
  • Can you take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?

Check Out the Used Car Inventory at Hudson Nissan Today!

You’ll have a wide variety of affordable, high-quality used vehicles to choose from at Hudson Nissan, including a fine selection of pre-owned cars priced under $15,000. What’s more, in our current pre-owned vehicle specials you’ll find some of the best deals in the Bayonne area. If you have any questions, please feel free to please contact us online or give us a call at 866-956-0450.


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