How to Research Used Car Prices

June 28th, 2014 by

Buying a Cincinnati used car is a great way to save a lot of money on a “new” vehicle. You can easily save thousands of dollars off the cost of a factory fresh model. Doing your research can help you ensure that you are getting a great car for the best price. You will be better positioned to negotiate when you head into a used car dealership to make your purchase.

Here are a few things you can do to research used car prices to ensure that you get the best deal possible:

Check Used Car Guides

Many respected guides are available that provide updated values for used cars, including Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book. These publications provide

guides based on current market research, the condition of the car and the location. There will certainly be variation in what you can expect to pay for a car, but these guides can help you understand what would be reasonable.

Research Local Classified Listings

One of the best ways to understand what a car sells for is to look at the open market. The classified listings show what regular owners are selling their cars for, and studying these listings can help you put together an average. Again, the numbers you see won’t give you an inflexible value. All you can ever expect to get is an average to guide you. Many variables influence what a car actually sells for, including condition, time of the year, and the specific buyer and seller.

Go to Local Car Dealerships

Cincinnati used car dealerships are a great place to get information about the average value of a used car. You can visit several dealerships to compare prices and establish some values. This is especially useful if you are ready to buy and want to see what averages are like because of the current time of year or other market conditions. You can also use this information to help you negotiate. If you go to one dealership that has a higher price, you can use knowledge of a lower price at another dealership as leverage.

At McCluskey Automotive, we believe in offering the best value on the best used cars in Cincinnati. When you do your research on used car values then come in to McCluskey Automotive, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that our prices are in line with those values or are lower. You’ll get a car you love at a price you can afford.