Buying a Budget Vehicle in AZ
There are many categories of cars for sale, and 'budget vehicle' is certainly one of them. In general, if a car is for sale for less than $10,000 it might be considered a budget vehicle. People are in search of a lower priced car for a variety of reasons. They could be buying for their teen. Or, they simply may need a means of transportation, and at the moment are not interested in taking on a huge car loan. Regardless of the reason, just because you are buying a budget car, it does not mean that you will be getting an unreliable vehicle that will break down after a few months. In fact, many budget vehicles have a lot of life left in them. Here are a few tips for shopping for a budget car, truck, or SUV.
Establish your budget: The first step in any car buying process is to establish your absolute budget. The same is true in your search for a budget car. Think about how much you can comfortably put into a car, or how much you can pay per month. Once you know your budget, you can begin to browse a dealer's online used car inventory. Most dealers have filters you can set to select maximum price. That way, you are only looking at cars that are in your budget.
Research brand reliability: Now it is time to do a little homework. Look into some of the models you are interested in. Some brands are known for long term reliability, some are not. You can also find out what type of safety rating a specific car has, even if it is three to five years old. At this point, you have hopefully narrowed down your search to a few top choices.
Considering Milage and Age: Common sense will tell you, the new car you get, and the lowest amount of mileage you can get, the better. If you can find a vehicle for under 200,000 miles that is great. That is not to say something over that is not an option. As long as a vehicle has been well maintained over its life, it can go a long time. So take all of these factors into consideration. If your budget allows a car that is three to five years old, that is great. But for many, a slightly older car may be needed.
Look for Top Features: Many older cars will still have plenty of safety features, but it is something you should look into. you should also prioritize what features you ideally would like to have in a car. Is having Bluetooth important? Do you want a high-level audio system? What safety features, besides the basic airbags would you really like to have? If you know your priorities, the entire selection process will be easier.
Buying a budget vehicle at Mr. Ed
In the long run, you need a vehicle that not only fits your budget, but also your needs. If you find a small sedan and consider it simply because it has low mileage, it will do you know good if you need passenger and cargo space for your entire family. Mr. Ed has a great selection of cars under 10K for sale! If you live in the Phoenix area, check out our online inventory. If you see something you are interested in, give us a call to schedule a test drive, ask questions, or get your finance process started.