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Are you looking for a quality, pre-owned vehicle in Louisville, Kentucky? If so, our Jeep dealership is the used car dealership for you. We thoroughly inspect each used vehicle on our lot to ensure it meets our quality guidelines. Our inventory includes various makes and models for you to consider. We recognize each customer has different needs, so our team takes the time to understand what you’re looking for. We make the used car buying process as easy as possible, from start to finish, even if you have credit challenges like bankruptcy. When you drive with us, you’ll be able to take advantage of online trade-in valuation and simple, transparent financing options. Don’t wait to start your next adventure! Contact us today.

Factors To Consider When Buying a Used Car


Shopping for a used or pre-owned vehicle is a lot of work, but if you know how to go about it, it can be well worth your time. There are a few things to keep in mind that can help you get the most bang for your buck with a used car, including the following:

Choose the Features You Need

With so many options available, choosing the right vehicle can be overwhelming. Take some time to think about how you plan to use it. For example, if you have a family, you’ll want to opt for something with ample cargo space and enough room for everyone. If safety is a top priority, check the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s crash test ratings for any vehicle you’re considering. Advanced safety features that were once only on high-end cars now come standard in many models.

To simplify the process, make a list of must-have features, then search for car models with the features you want using a car finder tool on an auto website, such as Edmunds. As you move forward, consider narrowing your list to three vehicle models to research in more detail.

Determine How Much To Spend

There are two ways to purchase a used vehicle: applying for financing or paying in cash. If you want to pay in cash, budgeting is easy. Set aside money for insurance, registration, and possible future repairs. If you decide to take out a loan, you can protect your savings or purchase a more expensive model. Consider getting preapproved for a car loan, as it simplifies the buying process and puts you in a stronger position at the dealership.

You can use our car loan calculator to run the numbers on term lengths and payments.

Gather Detailed Information

Purchasing a used or pre-owned vehicle comes with additional risks. You don’t know how the previous owner handled the car, so you may have to deal with unforeseen issues later.

Request a vehicle history report to ensure you aren’t driving away with a fixer-upper. The report can tell you details about a car, including previous owners, recall information, and if the vehicle was in any accidents.

Consider a Certified Pre-owned Car

One way to avoid some of the risks of purchasing a used vehicle is to shop for a certified pre-owned (CPO) car. Often found at dealerships and rental companies, the manufacturer or dealer has thoroughly inspected and approved it before adding it to their CPO program.

Purchasing CPO generally means your vehicle has good parts, lower mileage, and is well maintained. It’s usually properly cared for and accident-free. It can also come with an additional warranty for long-term quality assurance.

Check Prices

Where you shop for a vehicle can determine its price. You can find vehicles in the used car sections of new dealerships and at used car retailers, independent used car lots, and sites where private-party sellers list their vehicles. Of these sellers, private-party cars often have the lowest selling price. You can look at our inventory to see the current market value of the car model you’ve chosen.

Have the Car Inspected

Once you find a car you like, have an experienced mechanic inspect it before you purchase it. A mechanic can help you find issues you may not notice yourself. If you don’t have a mechanic you trust, check Yelp and Google to read reviews of local shops. A pre-purchase inspection can cost anywhere from $100 to $200.

Private-party sellers usually allow you to take the car to a mechanic for an inspection without much resistance. Some dealers will let you borrow the vehicle for an independent mechanic to inspect. Of course, you’ll still need to pay for the inspection. If it’s a CPO vehicle, someone has already inspected it, and the car comes with a warranty, so you probably won’t need to take it to an independent mechanic.

Go for a Test Drive

Take the vehicle for a spin before purchasing it. Test-driving a used or pre-owned vehicle — with a private seller or at a dealership — is fun and useful. Here are some of the things you should check when taking a car for a test drive:

  • Cornering and acceleration: Does the vehicle have enough power? How does its steering feel?
  • Visibility: Are there any blind spots?
  • Brakes: Are the vehicle’s brakes responsive?
  • Mechanical condition: Are there any unusual vibrations or noises? If so, that could indicate worn tires or suspension parts.
  • Ergonomics: Can you reach all the controls and gauges easily?

After the test drive, check the vehicle’s back seat legroom and cargo capacity. Try out the sound system and look for features such as Bluetooth capabilities.

Find Cars, Trucks, and SUVs Under $10K at Bachman CDJR

Having plenty of options is important for finding a vehicle that suits your needs. Fortunately, Bachman CDJR has an extensive inventory, and we’re always adding more cars under $10K. We have numerous affordable cars to browse through, so you’ll surely find the right vehicle. Check our current inventory today to find a used vehicle that suits your budget and lifestyle. If you haven’t found a vehicle that interests you, check back in a few days for more used car options. If you want to see a Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or Ram in person, you can visit our dealership. Reach out to us today or schedule a test drive online. We’re looking forward to seeing you in person.

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