Many people put off buying their next vehicle because of how long it takes. However, if you prepare properly before you visit a used car dealership, it can be a smooth and quick process. One of the keys to preparing is ensuring that you bring the right things with you when you visit the dealership. By doing so, you can complete the process of buying a used vehicle in no time at all and be on your way home before you know it.

5 Things to Bring When You Visit a Used Car Dealership

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Below are five things that you should bring with you when you visit a used car dealership to buy your next vehicle:

Driver's License

The first thing you'll need is your driver's license. You need your driver's license for two reasons. First, the dealership will need to see that you're a licensed driver before they can let you take the vehicle out for  a test drive. Second, you can use your driver's license as a form of identification, which confirms your name and address when buying the vehicle. Make sure you have your license with you and that it's up to date before you head over to the dealership.

Proof of Insurance

The next thing you'll need is proof of insurance. Most used car dealerships won't let you take a vehicle out for a test drive unless you have proof of auto insurance, and you'll need to have insurance coverage for the vehicle you buy so you can drive it home. Once you purchase the vehicle, the staff at the dealership can work with your insurance provider to cover your new vehicle to ensure that it's safe for you to drive it home. Your insurance provider should have given you an insurance card, and this is what you'll want to bring to the dealership.

A Form of Payment

Even if you're just going to the dealership to browse around, you never know whether you'll find the perfect vehicle for your needs. That’s why it's important to have a form of payment with you when you visit a used car dealership. There are several forms of payment you can use to purchase a used vehicle. One option is to pay for the vehicle in cash, although many people don't have the necessary funds to do this. If you don't have enough cash to pay for the vehicle outright, you'll likely want to explore financing options.

Before heading to the dealership, you can get pre-approved for financing. This is when you work with a financial institution, and they let you know how much you can borrow to buy a vehicle. By getting pre-approved for financing, you can save yourself some time at the dealership and have a better idea of what you can afford. If you don't get pre-approved, you can still sign up for an auto loan when you arrive at the dealership.

A List of What You're Looking For

Next, before you head to a used car dealership, you should know what you're looking for. Take some time to create a list that contains everything you want and need in a vehicle. For example, you may want a vehicle with a certain number of seats, specific safety features, or a limited number of miles. Creating this list in advance can save you time at the dealership, as the sales staff will only show you vehicles that fit your needs.

Usually, you can browse a used car dealership's inventory online. If so, you can see what vehicles they have available and make a list of the ones that interest you. You can then ask to see these specific vehicles when you arrive.

Current Vehicle Documents

Finally, bring any documents related to your current vehicle if you plan on trading it in. The documents you'll want to bring include the vehicle registration and title. If you have service records, it can also help to bring these in as well. Having these documents will allow you to sell your vehicle to the dealership quickly. Then you can apply the trade-in value to your next vehicle.

Benefits of Buying a Used Vehicle

Buying a used vehicle comes with several benefits. Perhaps the biggest benefit is the lower cost. A vehicle's price is closely related to its mileage and age. By getting a vehicle that's older or has more miles, you can save a significant amount of money compared to a new vehicle.

Getting a vehicle with a lower value also makes it easier to secure financing. If you have a poor credit rating, you may find it difficult to secure financing for a new vehicle. However, it's much more common for financial institutions to grant loans for used vehicles since the value is significantly lower.

Finally, going with a used vehicle also gives you a wider selection to choose from. Rather than limiting yourself to only vehicles produced this year, you can get a vehicle from practically any year. This can make it easier to find a vehicle that fits your specific needs.

Find Your Next Used Vehicle at Sioux Falls Ford

If you're looking for a used vehicle in the Sioux Falls area, you should visit Sioux Falls Ford first. We always have a wide selection of used vehicles available, with more coming in every day. Our expert sales staff can discuss with you what you're looking for and help you find a used vehicle that fits your needs at an affordable price.

To get started, please make use of the numerous tools offered through our website, such as our credit application and trade-in evaluator. Then, when you're ready, contact us to schedule a visit to our dealership. Once you're here, we'll do everything we can to make your used car buying experience as enjoyable and quick as possible. Thank you for choosing Sioux Falls Ford, and we look forward to meeting you and finding the perfect used vehicle for you.

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