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15 Car Buying Questions You Should Ask

It’s a rare person who enjoys the car buying process. More often than not, we find ourselves wondering what questions we should ask when we’re at the dealership. And when we do purchase a new car, we wonder “Did I get a good deal?”

Getting a good deal is more than just price. At Carousel 2, we want to help our customers be informed; help them know what questions to ask. So, we’ve compiled a list of 15 car buying questions you should ask. Some of these questions may not be applicable to your situation and there may even be more that we forgot, but it’s a start and we hope it’s helpful.

Is the vehicle four-wheel drive and if so, does it work properly?

Has the vehicle ever been repainted?

Do all the windows and locks work?

Do all of the lights, wipers and stereo work?

Do the turn signals and cruise control work?

Do the rear defrost and heating elements work?

Are the roof rack components, interior organizing nets and other factory equipment all intact and included?

How’s the condition of glass, it may not have cracks, but are there chips that will become cracks?

Is the cigarette lighter, cup holder and interior all clean?

How many keys and remotes are included with the car?

Does the car have a spare tire and jack?

Does the vehicle leak any fluids such as oil, antifreeze or any other essential fluid?

How about the tread on tires and wear on brakes?

Do you have a clean Carfax?

Are there any dealer documentary fees or other dealer specific fees that I should know about?

Carousel Pre-Owned serving Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, North Liberty, Marion, and Coralville, IA is proud to be an automotive leader in our community. Since opening our doors, Carousel 2 has maintained a solid commitment to you, our customers. We do our best to ensure your complete satisfaction every time you step into our car dealership. This is why we offer the widest selection of used and pre-owned Cars, Trucks, and SUVs and provide true ease of purchase in Iowa. 

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