Tips for Purchasing a Used SUV

There are several factors for Ames drivers to consider when they are buying a vehicle. Purchasing a new car comes with lots of headaches, to be sure, but things become more complicated when one is searching for a used vehicle. Nowadays, this process is even more high-stakes. Rising gasoline and vehicle prices make buying the right car more important than ever! This article will talk specifically about selecting a used SUV, with the hope of helping you select the right car for you and yours and avoid lemons.


Ames Ford Lincoln

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Picking the Right SUV

SUV, which stands for Sports Utility Vehicle, is a broad class of vehicle. There are compact and mid-size SUVs that have just two rows of seats and full-size models with three rows. Ford, for example, has a large number of SUVs  that range across these different categories. When you're looking for a used SUV, it's important to think about what you'll be using it for. If you and your loved ones enjoy the outdoors and long drives, then an SUV with lots of cargo space is probably worthwhile. If, on the other hand, you're looking for a daily driver, you might prefer a compact model that is easier to maneuver and park.

We cannot tell you which kind of SUV is right for you, but we can help you figure it out! If you need any help in this regard, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

What to look for in a Used SUV

One of the most important things to do when buying a used vehicle is to learn about the car's history. This is one of the reasons that buying at a reputable dealer makes more sense than surfing Facebook and Craigslist ads. Private sellers often don't have a comprehensive vehicle history on offer, and might even mislead you about the shape the car is in. Here at Ames Ford Lincoln, on the other hand, we will be transparent about every vehicle we have on the lot.

Once you've found an SUV that fits the bill, you'll want to pop open its hood. Make sure that all of the fuel lines and hoses are in place, and firmly affixed. If you see much loose oil or fuel, that's a glaring red flag. If you don't know much about cars, well, you might want to bring a friend who does along.

Then, assuming it passes this inspection, take it for a test drive! See if you like how it handles. Make sure to also pay attention to the details: does it accelerate smoothly? Does the A/C work? Does the car pull to the left or the right? Don't be afraid to ask the seller questions, and trust your gut if something seems off.

Used SUVs at Ames Ford Lincoln

Here at Ames Ford Lincoln have a wide inventory selection, ranging from bargain vehicles to barely-used ones. We also have our own service department, which means that we'll be familiar with your vehicle when it's time for to service it! If you shop with Ames Ford, however, you can rest easy: you won't need to make any major repairs for a long time after purchasing a vehicle with us. Ames Ford Lincoln is Iowa's Home for Hard Work - we know what Boone drivers need. We hope to see you at our dealership soon!
  1. Ames Ford Lincoln

    123 Airport Road
    Ames, IA 50010

    • Sales: (515) 233-1913
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