We often get asked what should one look for in a used car. It depends, of course, on what you want but most folks are looking for something relatively inexpensive and yet dependable.

With that in mind, we usually recommend a solid, reputable import like Subaru, Toyota or Honda. This type of car tends to be well built and parts for future repairs (inevitable in a used car!) will be available and less expensive than European or higher end cars.

The first step is figuring out how much you want to spend and what you can expect to get for that much money. Kelly Blue Book or Edmunds are great for checking the approximate value of used cars.

Once you find what you are looking for have it checked by us or any other independent shop. Even if you are buying a “certified” car from a dealer, have it checked by a neutral party.

No one can predict what will happen when you drive it off the lot, but even an hour spent by a professional can tell you a lot about the structure of the car, what might need work soon and perhaps how it has been cared for.