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Rod Baker Ford discusses how to choose a used car

SPONSORED • Published: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 2:09 p.m. CST • Updated: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 1:48 p.m. CST
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Buying a car can be a complicated process.

Buying a used car can be even more complicated. But it doesn’t have to be.

Granted, your choices are more limited than when buying a new car, but there are a lot of used cars out there to choose from, and buying pre-owned can get you a reliable car while saving you thousands of dollars in the long run.

First, it’s a good idea to make a target list of three different cars that fit your needs and your budget, according to Edmunds.com. You can obtain a vehicle history report for the car you're interested in buying through several different companies online.  

If you’re concerned about the condition of your potential new-to-you vehicle, you can go through a reputable car dealer. They inspect the used vehicles they take in trade-in before they put them on the lot to sell.

You could also consider buying a certified pre-owned (CPO) car, which greatly simplifies the buying process, Edmunds advises.

Rod Baker Ford, in Plainfield, has an extensive inventory of used cars, including certified pre-owned vehicles. A Ford certified pre-owned vehicle goes through a 172-point check and includes a Comprehensive Limited Warranty Coverage for 12 months/12,000 miles covering more than 1000 components and a powertrain Limited Warranty Coverage for seven years/100,000 miles.  

Certified pre-owned also comes with a Carfax report that includes any fire, flood and frame damage, salvage vehicles, accident and vehicle title history and any odometer issues. Plus, they include 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty coverage and complimentary 24/7 roadside assistance.

For more information and to test-drive a pre-owned vehicle, contact Rod Baker Ford at the number below.

Rod Baker Ford | 16101 Joliet Rd., Plainfield, IL 60586 | www.rodbakerford.com | 815.436.5681

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