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The Value of Honda Used Cars
Anyone looking to save as much money as possible when purchasing a vehicle would do well to consider buying used. There are many advantages, such as not having to worry about initial depreciation. You want to start off by choosing a reliable manufacturer with a good reputation, such as Honda. Here’s a mini guide as to the best value when it comes to buying Honda used cars.
If you’re looking in the small car department, a 2011 to 2013 Honda Fit goes for $8,000 to $13,000. Similarly, the 2013 to 2014 Honda Civic goes for anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000. The Civic in particular has excellent safety and performance ratings and is well known for its reliability.
The Honda Accord has long earned the highest safety ratings since its first production decades ago. If you’re looking for models that are still in good condition and ratings, the 2011 to 2012 models years are good options for around $15,000 to $20,000.
How To Inspect A Used Car
Whether you buy from a dealership or a private seller, here are the essentials of how to inspect a used car.
Look at the hoses, belts, battery, and radiator for a start. Any rubber should be firm and not cracked or soft. Check the charge indicator on the battery and make sure the radiator coolant is green or orange, but not rusty. Also, look for coolant stains, as that could be a sign of a leak. Inspect the various fluids to ensure proper coloring and volume.
Look over the outside of the vehicle for signs of damage. Some scratches and wear and tear is normal; you want to make sure the suspension is level and that the lights and lenses are in proper working condition. Be wary of buying an older car with new tires as that’s a sign of the odometer being rolled back. Check for chips or cracks in the auto glass.
Note any smells in the vehicle, including the trunk. Moldy, mildew smells are a sign of water leaks. If you don’t like the smell of the vehicle, don’t buy it. Sit in all of the seats to make sure you like how comfortable they are. Ensure all the instruments and controls work properly.
Have your own mechanic inspect the vehicle to make sure it works. Dealerships may also submit vehicle reports to you and offer inspections and other services. Contact CrossPointe Motor Cars to learn more about inspecting a used car before you buy.