It’s a common misconception that buying a car, in particular, a used car has to be a complicated and unpleasant experience but the truth is it doesn’t have to be. If only people understood the common foibles that car buyers fall into, sometimes before they even hit the car lot, they’d be aware of the biggest car buying mistakes they’re likely to make and how to avoid them in the future. Well, here we are to fill you in and change the car buying experience once and for all!


Choosing The Wrong Dealership

One of the easiest ways to ensure you’re on the path to a pleasant and exciting car-buying experience is by starting with a dealership you can trust. If you don’t already have one, asking friends and family what kind of experiences they’ve had at local dealerships is a great start but checking online reviews can help give you a broader picture. Dealerships that have predominantly 5-star reviews with complimentary comments indicate that most people are having success at those locations, and chances are they treat their customers fairly. On the other hand, reading the same negative statements or similar complaints on review after review should be a red flag to you and warn you that you may want to shop elsewhere.

Another way the right dealership can make a big difference on whether it’s a stressful transaction or an easy one is how forthcoming they are with their pricing, if they markup interest on the loans they generate, their warranty coverage and what the real condition of the vehicle is when you walk through the door. If you have to drag honest information out of them from the beginning, chances are it’s going to be an arduous task throughout the process.


Foregoing a Test Drive

We’ve all had buyer’s remorse over a purchase before but when we’re talking about as large of a financial commitment as purchasing a vehicle, choosing to buiy sight unseen isn’t always the best way to go. In today’s age of online shopping and social distancing, test drives have become much less common but the need is still there. Much like trying on a pair of jeans gives you a feel for the fit and quality of the pants, a test drive gives you a chance to see how you like sitting in and driving a prospective vehicle.


Not Testing Technology

While some do make the wise decision to take the vehicle they’re interested in buying out for a test drive to see how it performs and sounds mechanically, they often forget to take the technology out for a spin as well. Fiddling around with the gadgets and gizmos in the infotainment center and on the steering wheel can help you consider if the vehicle has too many bells and whistles or not enough to fit your needs. In addition, if the vehicle is pre-owned, it’s important to make sure all of the features are functioning before you sign on the dotted line.


Forgetting Your Budget

Our individual budget is something no one likes to spend much time thinking about but one that most of us need to focus on closely when purchasing a vehicle.  Questions such as ‘how much can I afford?’ and ‘how much am I willing to spend?’ will help guide you on where you should begin your search. When considering how much you can afford, decide if you are planning on paying cash for it entirely or if you’ll need to finance some or all of the purchase.  If you are planning on paying cash, how much money is available to you?  And if you’re financing, you’ll need to look not only at what you’re approved for but also at the bottom line.  Remember that taxes and other fees, such as registration and license plate, will add to that grand total.  Beware of overstretching yourself in your purchase as owning a vehicle comes with its own cost of maintaining it and keeping it insured.




If you find yourself searching this year for a safe used SUV, minivan, truck or car to fit your teen driver’s needs and your budget, we invite you to check out all of our theft recovered inventory or all of 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, Middleville 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.

Check out our reviews online and buy with confidence!! Family Owned & Operated and with Financing Available, we stand behind our Vehicles and our Warranty so you can be assured your used Car, Truck, Van or SUV will be reliable! Broadmoor Motors is your local choice for Car Sales in the greater Hastings, Middleville, Caledonia, Grand Rapids, Wayland, Byron Center, Dorr, Hopkins, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Lansing, Lake Odesa, Kentwood, Holland, Zeeland, Moline, Cutlerville, Wyoming, Hudsonville, Grandville, Jenison, Hamilton, Ionia and Allegan.

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