Frequently Asked Questions About Used Cars

Frequently Asked Questions About Used Cars

Are you in the market for a used car, truck, SUV, or van? If so, you may have questions about your future used car purchase. Here at Empire Pre-Owned, we only deal in used vehicles and consider ourselves experts in the used car business. To help our Providence RI area drivers with their used car questions, here are a few answers to some of the most popular we encounter often.


What Are The Benefits Of Buying A Used Car?

Buying used comes with a long list of benefits. These include:

  • Lower overall price
  • Less Expensive insurance premiums, tax fees, and registration costs 
  • Less depreciation 
  • More luxuries for less money 
  • Larger variety at the car dealership 
  • And much more

Why Should I Buy From A Dealer Versus A Third-Party Seller?

When you buy a car from a third-party seller, such as an online ad, a friend, or a car for sale on the side of the road, there's no assurance that the seller is being honest. At a dealer, such as Empire Pre-Owned, many rules must be followed before a used car is sold. Here at Empire Pre-Owned for example, each used car must be thoroughly inspected, run through a vehicle history report, and priced accordingly. While there are certain laws that every seller must follow, honesty isn't necessarily included in third-party seller deal.

What's The Difference Between A Used Car And A CPO Vehicle?

CPO stands for Certified Pre-Owned. While CPO models are technically used vehicles, they do differ in multiple ways. A Certified Pre-Owned vehicle is typically the same brand as the new models that the dealership sells and goes through a much more intense inspection process. CPO models that pass this inspection are then given added benefits and warranties. Here at Empire Pre-Owned, we don't sell CPO vehicles because we don't sell any new brands at our dealership.

How Should I Prepare When Going To Buy A Used Car?

When you decide that it's time to purchase a new-to-you vehicle, there are a few ways that you can be better prepared. These include:

  • Set a budget - Know how much money you can spend and what your monthly budget will allow.
  • Research - Take some time to browse through our online inventory to see which vehicle you're interested in. Research each model to determine whether it'd be a good fit, look for the current market value, and check out its vehicle history report. 
  • Fill out the online financing - Here at Empire Pre-Owned, we have many online financing tools available. Fill out our online financing application, use our payment calculator, and get an estimate with our value your trade-in tool. 
  • Schedule a test drive - Contact us to get behind the wheel of the vehicle you're interested in.

Should I Buy An Extended Warranty?

An Extended Warranty is a great way to ensure your vehicle is prepared for any incident or repair issue. Not all models come with an extended warranty option, so be sure to ask our team if you're interested.

What Is Current Market Value And How Is It Determined?

The current market value of a vehicle is the average transaction price that has been determined by the current vehicle market. This price is set based on the age, condition, reliability, depreciation value, and original price of the vehicle.

Contact Empire Pre-Owned With Your Used Car Questions

Still have questions about your used car purchase? If so, we recommend contacting our Empire Pre-Owned dealership. Our team would love to help any of our Swansea MA, Providence RI, and Cranston RI area drivers find the right used car for their wants and needs.

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