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7 Questions to Ask When Shopping for Used Cars for Sale in Missoula

Posted by Gary Kulaski on Sep 19, 2018 12:04:08 PM

Used Cars for Sale in Missoula

Between driving around used car lots, scheduling test drives, and figuring out finance plans, shopping for used cars for sale in Missoula can be quite the process.

It can take a lot of time, consideration, and questions before you find the right used car, truck, or SUV for you. Thankfully, the team at Denny Menholt University Honda strives to make the car-buying experience as smooth as possible. It’s even part of our brand promise.

As you shop for used cars for sale in Missoula, ask these seven questions before making a final decision.

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Top 7 Questions to Ask While Shopping for Cars, Trucks, and Used SUVs Missoula

Consider asking these seven questions before making the decision to buy a used vehicle.


1. Is there a factory warranty?

Many used cars still have a factory warranty. A warranty is good to have in case an unforeseen mechanical issue occurs.

Some car dealers in Missoula might offer additional warranties based on the number of miles a used vehicle has accumulated.

2. How many miles are on the odometer?

When talking used cars, mileage is important. The mileage of a used vehicle is a good indicator of its past. More miles, more history.

You’ll also want to ask where the used car has driven while gaining miles. Did the previous owner drive the vehicle all through the mountains, or was it mainly a city car? A city car will likely have less wear and tear.

3. How many owners has a car had?

If a vehicle has had two or more owners, it can be a potential red flag. It could be that the previous owners just wanted to make an upgrade, but you can’t know that for sure.

At any rate, it’s good to find out as much as you can about the vehicle’s history. Thankfully, at Denny Menholt University Honda we don’t hide anything. Every single used vehicle on our website comes with an AutoCheck vehicle report, outlining the full history.

4. Were any parts replaced or updated?

If any parts in your used vehicle were replaced or updated, you deserve to know, especially if the parts replacement was due to an accident.

Knowing this information can also tell you how new a part is. For example, if you know the tires on a used vehicle have just been replaced, you won’t need to worry about purchasing new ones anytime soon.

5. What is the vehicle service history?

Ideally, the previous owner of a used vehicle has scheduled consistent service appointments for the vehicle throughout their ownership. Unfortunately, not every owner follows this suggestion.

This is perhaps the most important question to ask when purchasing used cars for sale in Missoula. If the vehicle has been taken care of, you know it’s most likely a good buy.

6. Can I take it for a test drive?

The answer to this question should always be “yes.”

The initial test drive will give you the best insight on whether or not you can see yourself driving the used car nearly every day for the next few years.  

7. What’s the price?

The price. It’s pretty important, isn’t it?

Price matters, and so does your budget. Wondering the best way to figure out how much you can spend on a vehicle? We recommend accessing our free payment calculator tool to help you out with your budgeting.

For specific financing questions, feel free to contact our dedicated finance team. They’re ready to work with you and your budget to help you find the best used car, truck, or SUV on our lot!

The University Honda Promise to You

Shopping for used cars Missoula can be tiring, which is why Denny Menholt University Honda created our brand promise to find you the right car at the right price with the right experience.

With our state-of-the-art price tracking system, we watch prices at other dealerships and price our vehicles below market average! In the rare case that something malfunctions in your vehicle shortly after you purchase it, rest assured and take advantage of our 3-month, 3,000 mile warranty on every single one of our used cars for sale in Missoula.

Ready to start your vehicle search? We invite you to browse our selection of used cars, trucks, and used SUVs for sale Missoula. Our sales team is happy to answer the seven questions above and any others you may have!

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