A Used Car Buying Checklist
The skyrocketing costs of a new car, truck or SUV is causing lots of buyers to consider the used car market. Shopping for a used car, truck or SUV does not have to be difficult. The used car marketplace is more diverse than that new vehicle one, and used car prices fluctuate for more reasons — the used car’s location, age, condition, its mileage, etc. If you proceed carefully, and work with a reputable used car dealership that has a great track record of customer reviews, you can find a great used car at a great price. 

1. Figure Out How Much You Can Afford to Pay
As with shopping for a new vehicle, the first step in the process is to determine how much you can afford to pay. Unless you have cash on hand, this will be determined by the amount of your down payment, the value of your trade-in (if you have one) and your budget for a monthly payment. Keep your monthly payment target within your means, and allow the salesperson you are working with the ability to offer you several financing options.

2. Get Pre-Approved For Financing
Work with a reputable dealer who has relationships with various lenders – banks and credit unions – to help you set a target price based on what you can afford, and get pre-approved for the lowest available loan rates. Be aware that buyers with good credit scores generally get the most favorable rates.

3. Research Which Used Car Is Best for You
You’ll need to find out which vehicles meet both your needs and budget. A great place to start is right here on Mainline Auto's website. We provide a great deal of information including detailed used vehicle descriptions, fuel economy ratings and photo galleries of our used cars, trucks and SUVs which are detailed and conditioned for sale in Philadelphia and the surrounding communities. You can search for a specific make and model, by body type or according to a set price range. You can also sort models in your search according to price, mileage and model year.

4. Take A Test Drive
Giving your desired vehicle a proper examination and a thorough test drive will ensure it meets your needs and expectations, and operates the way you want it to. Drive the car at different speeds to check the acceleration, braking and handling. Test out all of the features inside the car to make sure they work properly.


Mainline Auto is Philadelphia's fastest growing independent used car dealer. We have some of the Philadelphia area's largest selections of late-model, low mileage, one-owner used cars, used trucks, and used SUVs for sale. We offer quality, hand picked high line vehicles at very competitive pricing. We believe that if you treat people courteously and truly help them they’ll become customers for life. Our mission is to put the fun back into buying a car and treat our customers with the respect they deserve.