Used Car FAQs

Customers signing documents at a car dealership

If you’re searching for a pre-owned vehicle nearby and would like answers to your used car questions, pay a visit to Central Mazda. The team at our Mazda dealership near Norwich wants you to make an informed decision when you buy a used car, truck or SUV. We’ve listed some of the most common used car FAQs that customers have when buying a pre-owned vehicle to help you make the best choice. Whether you’re a first-time used car buyer or a returning Connecticut Mazda owner, we’re here to help you along the way.


What Should I Watch Out for in a Used Car?

Firstly, make sure that the used car you want to buy has a vehicle history report. Ask for a CARFAX® History Report when you shop for your next pre-owned vehicle at our local Mazda dealer. You will want to note any extensive damage to the car, as well as any minor scratches or small dents that sometimes come with used vehicles. Additionally, be sure to take it for a test-drive and listen for any mechanical issues or unusual noises.


Should I Buy a Used Car from a Dealership or a Private Seller?

Dealerships can offer Certified Pre-Owned vehicles, which you can’t get from a private seller. The used Mazda models at a Plainfield car dealership like Central Mazda have to undergo a thorough multipoint inspection in order to be sold. You’ll also be able to get auto financing options at our dealership, and our experienced staff offers knowledge and experience that many private sellers don’t have.


What Are the Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Car?

There are a few things to consider when making a used car purchase. When thinking about your next pre-owned Mazda SUV or used vehicle, you should ask questions pertaining to:

  • Car age
  • Mileage
  • Number of previous owners
  • Maintenance records
  • Vehicle history report
  • Mechanical issues

What Is a Good Mileage for a Used Car?

Cars tend to drive for an average of 12,000 miles per year, so multiplying the age by 12,000 is a good way to get an estimate of how much mileage the used car should have. When considering mileage, used car buyers should also be sure that the vehicle is up to date on maintenance and has no damage.

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