The DO’S and DON’TS of buying a used car

You know the best time of year to buy a used car and you even know the best day of the week to buy a used car. But there might be some things you don’t know and we want to help because there are plenty of little tricks and car shopping hacks to really improve your experience shopping for a car.

Car Shopping Hacks

Luckily, you’re shopping on Mojo Motors and not only are we keeping you up-to-date with price drop and sold alerts, but we give you nuggets of information essential when making that final purchase decision. Some of these nuggets include how long the average used car sits on a dealer’s lot before being sold (40) or how much the average used car drops in price ($1000).

Plus, we’re going to give you something else. The DO’S and DON’TS when buying a car.

DO call before driving to the dealership

Sometimes dealerships don’t update their inventory everyday and sometimes cars that have sold, might not be listed as sold online. Before driving a couple of hours to see a used car or truck, remember to call or email and confirm it’s actually there.

Mojo Motors Follow ButtonDO ‘Follow’ cars using Mojo Motors

If the used cars or trucks you really like are slightly out of your budget, make sure to click the ‘Follow’ button. This way, our website knows to alert you when the dealer drops the price. The number next to the ‘Follow’ button is how many other people are ‘Following’ the same car so if the number is higher, you might want to set up an appointment before it’s too late. See all the of the cars you’re ‘Following’ on the My Cars page.

DO go to the dealership in the morning.

Most sales teams get out of their meetings around 10AM. They’re enthusiastic and ready to sell cars so visit them while they’re excited and fresh. You’ll get a much better customer experience.

DO find out how long a used car has been on the lot

Price History and day on lotMany dealerships want to “move metal” as quickly as possible. It’s why they drop prices and, in many cases, are willing to negotiate pricing. The longer a car sits on the lot, the more value it loses and the more likely a dealership is to send it off to auction. If a car you’re eying has been sitting on the lot for more than forty days, you might want to give them a call and set up an appointment to check it out.

DON’T go to the dealership on weekends.

Everyone has Saturday off which means everyone and their mom, their neighbor and weird second cousin is at the dealership to either buy a car or get their car serviced. Take an hour or two off work and go in the morning, trust us, it’s better for you and the salesperson.

MechanicDON’T only trust vehicle history reports

Having a mechanic look at a used car before you buy is worth more than any vehicle history report. Don’t get us wrong, a vehicle history report is great when investigating how often a car was serviced or if it was in a reported accident, but they don’t know everything.

DON’T be a mean person

Yes, shopping is stressful, but being angry and upset about the experience will make everything worse. You’ll age super quick, you’ll have to go to the doctors, you’ll spend too much money on blood pressure medicine and you’ll pretty much come off looking like this lady.


Written by Max Katsarelas

Photo credits: Crave Online