What are you supposed to look for when buying a used car? This question is often asked when we speak with drivers who are looking for a used car around Jasper, Fayette, and Cullman, AL. We often end up giving the same response, so we thought we'd lay out a few things to keep an eye on.

Understanding the type of model you require on a day-to-day basis, as well as learning about a model's history, are two vital tips. Once you know what to look for, you can begin your search with our used inventory at Bill Penney Ford!

Understand Which Model Size Fits You Best

The right used car is going to be one that effortlessly complements your day-to-day lifestyle. So, right from the start, you want to consider the size of your preferred used vehicle.

If you require something roomy, a used 3-row SUV would make sense. If you do a lot of towing, a truck or powerful SUV would fit the bill. Versatile options like used crossovers are good for young families or daily commuters. If you want great fuel economy, a compact car with a hybrid motor would be ideal.

Explore Features, Specifications, and Trim Levels

Once you know which model segment you're looking in, the next task is to find the features, specifications, and trim level you want. This may sound like a lot to consider, but our used inventory makes it simple. We lay out the features and specifications for every pre-owned vehicle. So, as you browse, you can quickly learn about fuel economy ratings, horsepower, cargo room, passenger space, and in-cabin technologies.

Trim levels are equally important. Every used car will have different trims. These trims come with their own list of features. Some trims are more athletic, while others are more off-road-oriented. It's smart to identify the trim that fits you best.

Vehicle History Report

If you've narrowed your list down to a few used cars, be sure to go over the vehicle history report of each. This report is going to cover a few important categories, such as the services the model has received over time, any prior accidents, and information about the past owner. If a used car has proven to be reliable for the first 20,000 or 30,000 miles of its life, it will likely continue being reliable and trustworthy, so long as you keep up with necessary maintenance.

Build a Budget for Your Used Car

When you've done all the research needed to locate the right used car, you should have some idea of your budget structure. We have a financing team on site who will speak with you, offer advice, and even build a plan that works with your budget.

We have online financing tools you can utilize, as well, such as the payment estimator, the pre-approval form, and the trade-in calculator.

When Looking to Buy a Used Car, Look to Our Used Car Dealership

This list covers some of the need-to-knows when shopping for a used car. Our Bill Penney Ford team can help out any driver who's used car shopping around Jasper, Fayette, and Cullman, Alabama. Just contact our team or begin searching for used models in our inventory!

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Bill Penney Ford

4100 Hwy 78 E
Directions Jasper, AL 35501

  • Sales: 205-384-4400
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  • Parts: 205-384-4400


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  • Friday 8:30AM-7:30PM
  • Saturday 9:00AM-7:30PM
  • Sunday Closed