What to Look for in a Pre-Owned Ford for Sale Near You

September 21st, 2020 by

used Ford Escape for sale

Find a Wide Selection of Reliable and Affordable Cars at Zeck Ford near Kansas City

Buying a used car can be stressful. You want to make sure you’re getting the best vehicle for you, and you’re rightfully wary of unscrupulous dealers or individual sellers looking to make a buck and send you on your way in a lemon.

Refer to these guidelines before you head out to look at used cars for sale. Or, if you prefer, skip the reading altogether and just come to Zeck Ford for one of the Kansas City area’s best car-buying experiences!

Mileage You’re Comfortable With on a Used Vehicle

There’s no such thing as mileage that’s “too high” on a used car’s odometer. That’s because modern vehicles regularly achieve more than 200,000 miles before they reach the end of their useful life. Especially if you don’t plan to drive much, or if you like to upgrade regularly, a high-mileage vehicle can save you major money upfront when you buy a used car near you.

You may find that a well-loved car with high miles received frequent oil changes and tune-ups – and they didn’t sit idly between them. Cars driven less often likely sat longer between these services, causing fluids to deteriorate over time. Aging fluids may not work as well as fresh ones recently refilled in a used car.

A quality car dealership will carefully inspect every vehicle, even high-mileage ones, before they ever are listed for sale and put on the lot. Zeck Ford, your local dealership, follows a rigorous 120-point inspection that covers mechanical, electrical, and body components.

A Reasonable Price for a Used Car for Sale

Before committing to a used car, it’s wise to check out a few sales listings online to get an idea of how much you should expect to pay at a used car dealership. Another way to find a reasonable price for a vehicle is to check on the Kelley Blue Book website at kbb.com.

Once you know how much you might pay, you should head to the car dealership to see what’s available in the makes, models, and years you’re interested in.

If you shop at Zeck Ford in Leavenworth, Kansas, you can be confident that we have the best prices because we source pre-owned cars for our dealership from all over the United States. We also don’t waste money on expensive TV or radio ads, which helps us pass even greater savings on to you.

At Zeck Ford, our customers pay 10 percent less than at other Kansas City car dealerships. Another benefit of buying at Zeck? We’re a no-haggle dealership! This means we offer transparent pricing and list the best price we could offer, so you know it from the second you lay eyes on the vehicle. If you’re shopping at a car dealership with too-high prices, leave! Spend your time test driving affordable vehicles at Zeck Ford instead.

All the Bells and Whistles You Want

Get the most for your money when you shop for a used car. Make a list of all the features you want in a used vehicle, including size, engine power, transmission type, interior finishes, electronics and infotainment systems, and more. Determine which ones are non-negotiable, and which you can compromise on.

Late-model used cars come equipped with much of the latest technology of brand-new vehicles for sale, so you might be surprised at what you may find. Use the Zeck Ford inventory search feature to filter by features, fuel type, body style, and even color!

If you have your eye on a car with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, look for vehicles manufactured in the last two or three years; if you simply want general Bluetooth connectivity, you might be able to save a little bit of money by looking at vehicles from the last five or six years. You don’t have to settle for outdated technology and base models. A quality dealership like Zeck Ford has a huge selection of used cars for sale and a vast array of options to meet your needs.

A Clean Vehicle Condition Report from the Used Car Dealership

The most trustworthy car dealerships are up front with you about a used car for sale’s condition and history. If you aren’t offered a copy of a used vehicle history report, like a Carfax, when you look at a used car, it is totally reasonable to ask to see it! These vehicle history reports can include information that you’ll find useful in determining which used car, truck, or SUV you might want to purchase. If a dealer doesn’t have a report, it’s best to look elsewhere for your next new-to-you vehicle.

A vehicle history report includes information about:

  • Whether the car has been in any accidents.
  • Whether the car has sustained any damage.
  • The vehicle’s title history.
  • When and where the vehicle has been sold.
  • How many owners a vehicle has had.
  • What the mileage on the odometer should show.
  • Whether the vehicle has been properly and regularly serviced.
  • Where the vehicle has been inspected or registered.
  • If there are any open manufacturer recalls.

All the used vehicles we sell at Zeck Ford in Leavenworth, Kansas, come with one of these reports. We use them as part of our inspection process and while we’re considering bringing a vehicle to our car dealership. That’s one of the ways we make sure all the cars on our lot are the best possible quality for our customers.

See Why the Zecksperience is Better!

Why waste a lot of time searching online listings and random car lots for a used car, when you can come to one address and see tons of options in your price range? Zeck Ford, the local Ford dealership that Kansas City trusts, focuses on customer satisfaction before all else. We call it the “Zecksperience.” When you shop with us, you’ll get:

  • The best, no-haggle prices in the metro area.
  • Personal shoppers who work for you, not for the commission.
  • Quality vehicles that can pass our rigorous inspection prior to sale.

Be confident that you can drive away from our dealership at 4501 S. 4th Street in Leavenworth, Kansas, in a vehicle you’re going to love owning and driving. Come see our full inventory of used cars in person, or shop online!

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