When buying a new Nissan, you are only concerned with choosing the vehicle with the best features. However, when you decide to purchase a used vehicle, you are confronted with several more important concerns, such as whether the vehicle is a lemon, how the previous owner took care of the vehicle, and if the vehicle has or if you can purchase an additional warranty. While it would be practically impossible to know all of the pitfalls of purchasing a used vehicle, the following list will guide you to the top five things to look for when buying a used Nissan Certified Pre-Owned Nissan. Undoubtedly, the best possible scenario for purchasing a used Nissan is to choose a CPO or Certified Pre-Owned Nissan. While these vehicles are used vehicles, they are guaranteed to be of a much higher quality. CPO Nissans must have passed a rigorous 150+ point inspection, can’t be older than six years old, and have less than 80,00 miles. As a result, CPO Nissans offer owners the following benefits:
- 7-year or 100,000-mile limited warranty
- Towing Benefits and Car Rental Reimbursement
- 24-hour Emergency Roadside Assistance
- CARFAX Vehicle History Report
- Genuine Nissan Parts
- Optional Security+Plus Extended Protection Plan
- Sirius XM Satellite Radio with 3-month trial Subscription.
In the event the vehicle isn’t a Certified Pre-Owned Nissan, you should always start by making sure your vehicle has a CARFAX vehicle history report. When you are looking the CARFAX, make sure you note the number and type of accidents the vehicle has been in. More importantly, pay special attention to whether the vehicle has been in an accident where the air bag has been deployed. Although airbag deployment may not be an eliminating factor, it should definitely make you do more research.
In the best case scenario, you will be able to find a vehicle with one owner. In most cases, Nissans with only one owner are much more durable than other vehicles. No matter what, you should always pay attention to the number of owners the vehicle has had. The rule of thumb is the fewer the number of owners, the better off the vehicle will be.
When you are looking for a used Nissan, you should always ask the dealer if the vehicle has its mechanical history. When you view the vehicle’s service report, you can effectively see how well the owner took care of the vehicle. As a result, you can see how often the owner had the oil changed, if the vehicle had any major mechanical work, and even determine how long the vehicle’s tires have been on it.
As one of the most important features of a used vehicle, the vehicle’s odometer has an infinite value. While the simple rule of thumb is the fewer the number of miles the better, this can be taken a few steps farther. You should try to research the type of miles the vehicle has on it. For example, if the vehicle has a significant number of miles compared to the vehicle’s year model, you can almost rest assured those miles are highway miles. Highway miles are much less damaging to the vehicle than city miles. Since city driving is comprised of several more stops and starts, these miles are much more disadvantageous to the vehicle than the continuous driving on the highway.
When you are searching for your used Nissan, you undoubtedly have several factors to consider. However, most of these factors can be alleviated by simply dealing with the trusted professionals at Cherry Hill Nissan.