Used Car Checklist
Welcome to our used car checklist! We hope that this can help you have a successful pre-owned car search in the Rockwall, Terrell, and Rowlett areas. Give it a look and keep it by your side, so that you can check off the steps while shopping for your next used car to drive around Wylie and beyond.
Ready to get your search started? Contact the team at Rockwall CDJR and we’ll help you get behind the wheel.
Figure Out Your Budget
When you’re shopping for a car, it’s very important to know what kind of budget you’re working with. Generally, the recommendation is to put no more than 20% of your monthly income toward your car expenses. This includes:
- Monthly payment
- Fuel costs
- Insurance and registration premiums
- Upkeep and maintenance costs
Of course, one of the benefits of shopping for a used car is that the monthly payments tend to be lower than they would have been when the car was new. This can give you a bit more financial wiggle room.
Once you know what kind of monthly payment works for you, you can use our car payment estimator tool to figure out which vehicles fit your budget. By plugging the list price (found on our website) into the calculator, you’ll get a general idea of what your payments can look like.
Decide on Used vs Certified Pre-Owned
Another item to check off your list is whether you want to buy a used car or a certified pre-owned one. Both types of vehicle are pre-owned cars, so you get the same benefits of a diverse and expansive inventory, as well as a lower list price than the vehicle would have had when fresh from the factory.
Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) cars take all these benefits and then add in perks like an additional 125-point inspection, a factory-backed warranty, and a complimentary CARFAX Vehicle History Report™.
Browse Your Options at Your Local Dealership
Now that you know your budget and whether you want a used or CPO car, it’s time to start shopping. You can browse all your options on your local dealership’s website from the comfort of your own home. Or, if you prefer, you can head on into the dealership and work one-on-one with someone from the sales team.
They’ll be sure to get you pointed toward a model that’s a snug fit to your lifestyle, whether that’s the Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Charger, or something else.
Read the Vehicle History Report
One of the benefits of shopping for a used car at a dealership is that they often provide a vehicle history report (VHR) as a courtesy with their CPO cars. They can also easily run one for any model in their used car inventory.
These reports use the vehicle identification number (VIN) to keep a complete record of the car’s history, including the number of previous owners, title and accident history, odometer readings, and maintenance history.
Get Your Used Car Financing
Once you’ve found the used car that’s right for you, and you’ve tested it out with a spin around the block, all that’s left to do is visit the finance center. The dedicated finance advisors at the dealership can tell you about any current deals, specials, or incentives you may qualify for.
They’ll also work with you to determine the right loan terms to satisfy your budget before reaching out to their network of local lenders on your behalf to help you secure used car financing at a rate that works for you.
Check Off the Boxes of Our Used Car Checklist
We hope our used car checklist is able to help you with your car search around Rowlett, Wylie, and Terrell. If you’re excited to check out the current models at our dealership, contact the team at Rockwall CDJR and we’ll set you up with a test drive of any car, truck, or SUV that catches your eye!
Rockwall area drivers can contact us to get started today!