Used Car Buying Guide

Purchasing a used car, or a ‘new to you’ vehicle, should be exciting! However with no two pre-driven cars being the same, all of the options and choices can become overwhelming. We at O’Brien Nissan want to make purchasing a pre-driven vehicle an easy, enjoyable experience. Below you will find our used car buying guide.   

  • Budget
  • Research
  • Test Drive
  • Inspection 

Setting a Budget:

In your used car search a great place to start is setting a budget. Ask yourself, “What can you afford?” If you plan on buying your vehicle out right (pay cash, not financing), your budget is pretty straight forward. Your vehicle purchase should not exceed the money you have. If you are planning to finance your vehicle, experts recommend your monthly payment not exceed 20% of your monthly income. When purchasing a used car, leaving some extra room for an extended warranty is not a bad idea. 

Used Car Research:

Now that you know how much you can spend on your next used vehicle, it’s time to dive deeper into research. Sales Professionals at O’Brien Nissan are happy to help you in the research process. With over 350 pre-driven vehicles in our inventory, we are happy to make recommendations based on your price range, lifestyle, and compare makes and models. Online research can also be a helpful tool. However, unlike new vehicle research, not every used vehicle of the same make and model is the same, making vehicle comparisons not done in person difficult. 

Test Drive:

Once you have narrowed down your search to a few vehicles, it’s time to test drive! Your Test drive a used car nissansales professional at O’Brien Nissan of Bloomington is happy to help. Before you drive make sure you do a thorough walk around of the vehicle. Check under the hood, ask about the vehicle features, and look for any imperfections. While on your test drive test out all of the features, and we mean ALL the features. There might be snow on the ground, but turn on the air conditioning to make sure it works. Be sure to ask your sales professional any questions you have about the vehicle during or after your test drive. 

Used Car Inspection:

As previously mentioned, no two used cars are the same. That is why many will advise to have a trusted mechanic do an inspection on a pre-driven vehicle. Luckily for you, O’Brien Nissan has already done that! With O’Brien’s Certified BEST Used Cars each vehicle is certified best used carsrigorously inspected by our guarantee. In fact, we are so confident in our pre-driven inventory we’ve Backed it with a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty, will let you Exchange it for 2 weeks or 500 miles, assured its Safety with a multi-point inspection to bring you Total peace of mind. That’s O’Brien’s Certified BEST Used Car guarantee.

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