Tips for Buying a Used Car

Whether going through the car buying process for the first time or looking for the next vehicle in your lifetime of driving, Maguire Family of Dealerships is here to guide you through the process. You might be considering a used car as your next vehicle in Ithaca or Trumansburg.

We're taking a closer look at why a pre-owned model might be enticing, with some tips for Syracuse and Watkins Glen motorists.



Follow these steps to buying your first used car, and ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. Learn more from Maguire Family of Dealerships.

Take a test drive of any used car here at Maguire Dealerships. There are many reasons to buy a pre-owned vehicle for your travels.

To get the best vehicle for the best value, you need to buy your next used car at the right time. Read ahead to learn more so you can start planning your next exciting car-buying journey!

If you are planning on visiting Maguire Dealerships on Black Friday, we want you to be fully prepared. A good way to get things started is by having your car appraised.

It's good to keep some budgeting tips for buying a used car in mind prior to a visit to Maguire Dealerships. Check them out here.

We invite you to check out our used car inventory, which is available online 24 hours a day or at one of our 13 dealer locations.

Buying new has many benefits. As you might imagine, there are many benefits to buying used, too. Continue reading to learn more about the key differences between the two.

Can You Lease a Used Car?
When leasing a used car, you're able to avoid the deprecation curve that's found when leasing a brand new car. Cars depreciate in value after just a few short years on the road. A used car lease means you can find a deal on a car that's still like-new but just isn't as highly valued as it once was.

We want to ensure your vehicle is a solid investment, which is why we've put together this guide to discuss interest rates on used cars.

You may be asking yourself how many miles on a used car is too much. This educational guide is designed to be of assistance throughout the buying process.

We seek to simplify things for you, and that begins by having the lowest prices available. The price you see on the windshield is our upfront lowest price, with all rebates and discounts applied.

When comparing NADA Guides vs. Kelley Blue Book® values for used cars, you'll find that they're a little different in the way they operate.

Selling a car to a dealership is a great option, particularly if you don't want to deal with private parties and selling it on your own time. Keep reading to see our used car selling tips.

We like to think this is the best way to buy a used car in Syracuse and Baldwinsville. Keep reading for our tips on buying pre-owned.

When looking for a car, there may be some questions you want answers to. We're here to provide answers to used car financing questions.

After you've had a chance to take a look at the exterior and under the hood, you'll step inside and get behind the wheel. Get a feel for the seats both in the front and in the back, and play around with the front seats to ensure there's enough legroom for those in the rear seats.

At Maguire Family of Dealerships, our goal is to ensure the trade-in process is as streamlined as possible. Learn more with our trade-in checklist.

We strive to simplify the process when it comes to the pre-owned models you'll find at our locations. Check out this used car checklist, which can prepare you for buying a pre-owned car from us.

Whether you're shopping for a used car from a private buyer or a dealership, there are some basic rules you should keep in mind when doing so.

Need maintenance for the used car or truck you've purchased? Check out this used car maintenance checklist, which can prepare you for buying a pre-owned car from us.

There are certain documents you should get when buying a used car, and Maguire Family of Dealerships is discussing them here in this space.

While new cars may gain some of your attention, buying a used car is always an option. Better yet, certified used cars are an option. What exactly is a certified used car?

You might be wondering what to look for in a used car and how many miles it should have on the odometer. We're taking a closer look at what is a good mileage to have in a used car.

It's possible you may come across a vehicle that has a rebuilt title. What is a rebuilt title, exactly, and how can it actually benefit you?

If you're looking for a used car, you might be wondering if an extended warranty is something you should consider when buying that pre-owned model.

Whether you're using Kelley Blue Book®, NADAguides, or the online valuation tool through our website, you'll get a strong idea of what your car is worth.

What is the average interest rate for a used car? We're here to provide an answer to that important question and explore used car interest rates with you.

There are many benefits to buying a used car that's road-ready. Let's take a closer look at some of the questions you might have about the Maguire Dealerships' used inventory.

We put together the aspects of the car you will want to inspect and check to ensure yourself of the used car you want and give yourself confidence that the car will continue to perform smoothly for years to come.

We're here to explain what you should be looking for in a vehicle history report of a car that at one point may have traveled the roads.

A pre-owned vehicle can be a great choice for a first-time buyer. Drivers seeking their first vehicle should visit Maguire Family of Dealerships to see the wide range of options in our inventory.

Used Car Buying Tips

The first thing to consider when buying a pre-owned car is what its primary use will be. Make sure the vehicle will fulfill all of your needs. If you're looking for a vehicle to take you to and from work, perhaps a sedan is on tap. An SUV or minivan might be better for a larger family.

Once you have a car in mind, take care of the following:

Set a budget. Take note of how much you're going to spend. Many drivers spend about 20% of monthly income on a car, but a more frugal driver might look to spend 10-15% of monthly income. This also includes service, maintenance, gas, and inspections.

Read the history report. Research and due diligence will help you throughout the process. Always ask to see the vehicle history report. Companies like AutoCheck™ and CARFAX® provide information about a car's maintenance history, odometer readings, and previous ownership.

Test drive. It's well worth your time. Get a feel for how the engine performs on the highway and on quieter streets. Sit in the driver's seat, play around with the infotainment system, and explore the trunk and cargo space.

Shopping Our Inventory

 Want to find that next car? It's worth shopping our pre-owned inventory. We feature a range of used models, with brands like Ford, Dodge, Jeep, Toyota, Nissan, Audi, and Volkswagen available.

If you aren't seeing the car that's a perfect match at the moment, use our CarFinder tool and complete the form. We'll let you know when a car comes in to our inventory that matches your needs.

Always Focused on Your Needs

Maguire is committed to your success. We look forward to serving Ithaca and Trumansburg motorists at our dealership. Search for a used car in our online inventory, or visit our lot near Syracuse and Watkins Glen.

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Maguire Family of Dealerships

370 Elmira Road
Directions 647 West Genesee Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

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