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Tips for Buying Used Cars from a Hamilton, Ontario Resident

The following article is provided as a guide to buying used cars from a resident of the community of Hamilton, Ontario. While the content is based on experience from used car dealings in my local area, the same principles usually apply to the used car buying process across Canada and the United States.

Author: Chuck Hall Jr.
Date: May 14, 2011 - 9:36:51 PM


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Used cars certainly have their pricing advantages, but you need to be careful. The keyword in used cars is used, and that can be relative. It's wise to be cautious, as any used car is really a bet against mechanical luck. Living in Canada near Toronto, people in my community may want to buy a used car from a Hamilton or Ontario Chevrolet dealer, as they can at least expect these cars to be inspected and you may even be able to get the car certified. Here are a few tips for what to look for under the hood when it comes to used cars.

Look for a Warranty
Depending on your price range, you may want to shop only for used cars that still have a portion of their warranty remaining. Most late model cars carry warranties for at least three years that cover the first 36,000 miles. Some people prefer new cars, and sell their vehicles back to the dealer after only a year or two of use. These make ideal buys, as if the car should break down, the warranty will get it back rolling down the road without rolling over your budget.

Certified Used Cars
Chevrolet dealers in Hamilton and Ontario will often carry certified, pre-owned vehicles, generally late model cars or trucks with less than 50,000 miles under their tires. This is quite common throughout Canada and the United States. These vehicles have been thoroughly inspected and certified, with any needed service completed even before the car gets slapped with a price tag. Certified vehicles help hedge your bets when you're buying used cars, as you can be sure you're not buying a lemon disguised as a sleek roadster.

Do Your Research
Some used cars are such problem children that they've earned their own reputations. Before ever buying a used car, look it up online to see if it has a history for certain problems. Check publications like Consumer Reports and see how the car reviewed. Also speak with friends or family who have perhaps owned similar cars and get their personal feedback. There's nothing like word of mouth in spotting problem cars. Cars earn their reputation and always deserve a background check.

Check Service Records
Always ask to see the vehicle's service records. Most dealers at Hamilton Chevrolet will keep detailed histories of the vehicles. Make sure all maintenance has been done on time. Look for reports on accidents, potential recalls, and how often little things like regular oil changes were up to date. In Ontario and in communities throughout North America, used cars are only as good as they've been taken care of.

Pavel Hatsuk is the author of this article about Ontario used cars and is a former employee at a Hamilton Chevrolet dealership.



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