There are a lot of options when it comes to purchasing a used car, minivan, truck, SUV, commercial truck or work van in the greater Grand Rapids area.  With so many dealerships and vehicles available, it can be tricky to know which one to choose.  Before you sign on the dotted line, check out our list of 7 Items Every Used Vehicle Should Include!


The amount of features available on used vehicles is seemingly endless but before you buy your next used truck, SUV, car or minivan, it’s important to decide what features are absolutely essential for your needs.  Know what matters most to you and then don’t compromise if it’s essential.

Vehicle Report

It’s important to understand the history of the vehicle you are considering purchasing before you buy it in order to avoid any unpleasant surprises.  Regardless of which kind you request, ask for a history report on the vehicle you are interested in to make sure the title is clean and it has not been involved in any major accidents you were unaware of previously.  While there may be inaccuracies and mistakes, it is a good starting point to understanding the life that vehicle has lived up to that point.


Unless a dealership has specified clearly that a vehicle has not been inspected and is being sold as is, every vehicle should have received an overall inspection from the dealership’s mechanics to make sure there are no unsafe mechanical failures or problems.


At Broadmoor Motors, we consider it a high priority to make your vehicle purchasing experience as stress-free as possible and this doesn’t end once you leave our car lot. We at Broadmoor Motors stand behind every car on our lot, and we are willing to back that up.  Each vehicle that leaves our lot is backed by our 30 Day or 3000 mile warranty. We as a dealership will cover 100% of the cost of parts and will pay 100% of the labor for the covered systems that fail during the warranty period. For a list of the parts that we as a dealership cover under our 30 Day Warranty, click here.

Test Drive

How could you possibly know if a pair of shoes fit and feel comfortable if you don’t try them on?  Buying a car should certainly receive just as much care.  Experts estimate that most problems car buyers experience shortly after buying a used vehicle could have been avoided with a more thorough test drive.  But a recent study suggests that up to 20% of car buyers are foregoing a test drive altogether and another third only spend 10 minutes taking it for a spin before deciding it’s the right vehicle for them!  When you consider that a truck, van, SUV or car is one of the priciest purchases you’ll make in your lifetime, spending a little bit of that time to get to know your prospective new car is well worth it.  And while realizing the importance of a proper test drive is necessary, knowing what to do during it is even more critical. Take the vehicle you’re considering purchasing out for a spin to see how it drives, if you hear any strange noises and if it fits your personal style, preferences and handles the road.

Mechanic Lookover

This may or may not comes as a surprise but not all dealerships are looking out for your best interests.  While Broadmoor Motors strongly recommends to all of our customers to have a 3rd party mechanic look over the prospective car, van, truck or SUV to make sure there are no clear issues with the vehicle that could end up costing you in the future.


Whether you’re planning on buying a new or used car, minivan, truck or SUV, finding a trusted dealership should be on your list of non-negotiables. Regardless the vehicle you are interested in purchasing or the variety of options and features you need it to have, one thing that should always be standard is having confidence in the dealership you’ll be purchasing it from. Before you buy, you should feel comfortable that they’ll be able to deliver a reliable and safe vehicle to you and that if something does go wrong, they will stand behind their vehicle. An obvious place to start your search is with a dealership you’ve already had a positive experience working with but if the perfect vehicle is at a dealership you are unfamiliar with, we highly recommend checking online reviews from previous customers to see if there are consistent complaints or to see if the dealership worked to resolve any problems buyers reported having after a purchase. Broadmoor Motors is proud to have hundreds of positive reviews from our Wayland, Caledonia & Hastings locations from prior customers.


If you find yourself searching for your next used SUV, minvan, truck or car that comes equipped with AWD or 4WD, we invite you to check out our current inventory of Used Trucks, Vans, SUVs and Cars.  At Broadmoor Motors, we specialize in finding the right used minivan, truck, SUV or car to fit your personal or business needs, all while giving you the best deal we can on both your purchase and trade in.  Our family has been in the car business for over 60 years and continues to be family owned and operated in all of our Caledonia, Hastings and Wayland locations with financing available to those who qualify.  We will find you the right vehicle to fit both your budget and your needs in a pressure free environment.

Let Broadmoor Motors save you time and money when buying your next quality, Pre-Owned Car, Family Minivan, All Wheel Drive SUV, Commercial Van or Work Truck. Whether you need to replace your current car, minivan, truck or SUV with a great used vehicle, we can help you out.  Broadmoor Motors is here for all your Car Sales, and Auto Service needs in the Byron Center, Kentwood, Caledonia, Middleville, Hastings, greater Grand Rapids, Wayland and Barry County area.  Give us a call at 616.698.9595 in Caledonia, 269.397.2400 in Wayland or 269.320.6304 in Hastings to see how we can get you back on the road!