Tips for Buying a Use Car—How Much Can You Spend?

January 18th, 2016 by

Are you in the market for a new or used car but don’t know where to begin? If so, you’ve come to the right place because Berlin City Toyota of Portland, Maine currently has a large selection of high quality used Toyota vehicles that are priced affordably to fit virtually any budget. Berlin City Toyota is one of the most popular used car dealers in Maine for many reasons, and the main one is that we put customer service at the top of our list of priorities.

One big part of great customer service is offering a large number of great used cars at affordable prices. If you live Portland, South Portland Scarborough, Gorham, Westbrook, or a surrounding area, take a look at these tips before heading out to test drive some of your favorite Toyota models.

Figure out how much you can spend on a used car: Financial advisers state that your monthly car payment should not be more than 20% of your net income. So, if you take home $1400 a month, your monthly car payment should not be more than $280.00.

Create a short list of your favorite Toyota models: Search our website and see what Toyota models fit your price range and driving needs.

Read reviews of your favorite Toyota models: The more research you do the more prepared you will be to choose the Toyota that’s best for you. Check out what drivers and critics have to say about the Toyota vehicles you like the most as some of these reviews may change your mind.

Be sure to get a CarFax® or similar report.

Take the car on a long test drive, and try to drive the car on many different road surfaces and at different speeds to get a feel for how it drives on a variety of roadways.

Inspect the vehicle carefully inside and out.

Negotiate with the car dealership. If the car you really want is a bit out of your price range, see if you can negotiate a lower price. We will do everything in our power to put you in your dream car at a price you can afford.

Residents of Portland, South Portland, Scarborough, Gorham, Westbrook, and surrounding areas can stop by Berlin City Toyota of Portland, Maine today to test drive your favorite Toyota models. You can even start your search right now by browsing our large inventory of used Toyota cars, trucks and SUV’s right here on our website. After you find some in your price range, come on by and take those for a test drive. After just one visit to Berlin City Toyota, you’ll see why we’re one of the most popular used car dealers in Maine and surrounding areas of New England.