Used Ford Vehicles for Sale in Bakersfield, CA
Drivers have many options when shopping for their next vehicle. The question is whether to buy a new car or choose a slightly older used model. The advantages of purchasing a used vehicle include a lower sales price, fewer fees, and cheaper insurance. Plus, with a vast selection of used models and options, such as certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles, customers can find the right car at a price they can afford. Keep reading to learn about the advantages of buying a quality pre-owned vehicle at Jim Burke Ford in Bakersfield, California.
Why Buy Used?
When starting a car search, brand-new vehicles on the lot can seem intriguing and appealing. While there are many advantages of buying new, these cars also come with higher price tags. Purchasing a pre-owned vehicle can help drivers save money, not only when they buy the car but throughout their vehicle ownership. There are multiple benefits of buying a used car.
New cars begin to depreciate the moment they leave the lot, and the most depreciation usually happens within the first year. Some new cars lose 20% or more of their original value within the first 12 months, according to Kelley Blue Book. Purchasing a used car can mean avoiding the steepest depreciation rates. Buying a car that’s even 1 or 2 years old can help drivers get a like-new car without having to pay the price of depreciation.
Cheaper Insurance Premiums
While insurance costs can vary widely, most companies consider the age of the vehicle when determining premiums. Usually, older cars have cheaper premiums than brand-new models. They have less value, so insurers consider them a lower risk. Over time, lower insurance costs on used cars can save drivers hundreds or even thousands of dollars compared to insuring a new vehicle.
The cost savings of a used car continue with lower fees at the time of purchase. Since used vehicles cost less, the sales tax is lower. The registration, documentation, and other fees may also be lower than similar fees for a new car. For more information about specific vehicle fees in California, contact us at Jim Burke Ford. We’re familiar with the requirements and can provide helpful guidance.
When buying new, customers can only choose from the trims and options available for that specific model year. In contrast, buying a used vehicle opens up more possibilities. Drivers can choose from various makes and models and search for their desired features, such as heated front seats or wireless phone charging. A broader selection also allows makes it easier to stay within budget.
For drivers who want a like-new car without a higher price tag, a CPO vehicle can be a great choice. We offer both Ford Blue Certified and Gold Certified vehicles at our dealership. These cars meet strict age and mileage requirements and undergo thorough inspections. Additionally, these CPO vehicles come with a comprehensive limited warranty, a money-back guarantee, and complimentary roadside assistance.
With all the benefits of buying a used car, it’s easy to see why many Kern County drivers choose this option. Of course, it’s important to do some research before buying used to ensure it’s a quality vehicle and a good deal. When searching for a used vehicle, drivers should make sure to follow these steps:
- Research the vehicle thoroughly. After finding a vehicle they like, drivers can research its safety ratings, recall history, and owner reviews to learn valuable information about the car.
- View the vehicle history report. This report provides essential information, such as accident history and maintenance records.
- Ask questions about the car’s condition, mechanical inspection, and maintenance needs. At a dealership, sales experts can provide comprehensive information about the used cars on the lot.
Start the Research Online
In today’s world, there’s no need to make multiple trips to different dealerships before finding the right pre-owned vehicle for different needs or lifestyles. At Jim Burke Ford, we make every used vehicle on our lot available as part of our online inventory. It’s like a virtual showroom where customers can gather information about different cars and narrow down their choices. Then, when they’re ready to see one in person, they can save time at the dealership by knowing exactly what they want.
Our pre-owned inventory includes popular Ford models, such as the Escape, Explorer, Bronco Sport, and F-150. We also offer many other makes and models, including vehicles from BMW, Honda, Jeep, Lincoln, Lexus, Subaru, and more. The helpful filters on our website make it easy to search for specific features in a used vehicle, including body style, color, and price.
Schedule a Test Drive Today
When buying used, it’s essential for buyers to test-drive the car to learn how it feels behind the wheel. During the test drive, we recommend taking these steps:
- Check the body and doors for dents, scratches, or other blemishes.
- Inspect the tires for tread depth.
- Adjust the driver’s seat, mirrors, and steering wheel.
- Make sure all the lights work correctly.
- Test the infotainment system or radio to ensure it functions properly.
- Turn on the heat and air conditioning, and check other climate functions, such as heated seats.
- Try all the windows and locks.
- Pay attention during the drive, particularly to the vehicle’s handling, acceleration, and braking.
When a customer finds a pre-owned Ford or used vehicle they like at Jim Burke Ford, they can come to the dealership for a test drive. We’ll demonstrate the vehicle’s features and answer questions. With a rigorous inspection process in place, we fully stand behind the quality of our pre-owned inventory so every driver can feel confident in their purchase.
Find the Right Car at Jim Burke Ford
Are you ready to test-drive a new-to-you vehicle? Browse online to view our selection of quality pre-owned Fords and other models. When you’re ready, visit our Bakersfield dealership or call us to schedule a test drive. We’ll give you the keys so you can take the car for a spin. And if you want to finance your used vehicle, you can get preapproved before you visit, saving you even more time. For more information about our dealership or the used vehicles we have in stock, contact us today.
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