03 Feb

An Owner’s Manual to Picking the Right Used Car

autotrekRocky Mountain Law Enforcement Credit Union has partnered with AutoTrek to help first time car buyers. AutoTrek is an auto broker who works with you to find the car you want and helps you negotiate a price that works for your budget. AutoTrek carries an on-site inventory of 100 vehicles on average and has access to 40,000+ additional vehicles with their franchised dealer partners. As for new cars, AutoTrek represents 300,000 plus credit union members we are treated as a large “fleet buyer” and receive the lowest pricing available.

For members purchasing their first car, you’ll receive $100 cash back when you borrow up to $10,000 or $150 cash back when you borrow up to $15,000. On top of this, AutoTrek and RMLEFCU are offering a $100 gas card. With gas prices as low as $1.40 a gallon in the metro area, you can put plenty of miles on that new or “new to you” vehicle.

Get pre-approved by RMLEFCU and then call (303) 934-5600 to connect with AutoTrek’s experienced team.

Here are a few best practices before you make things official with the car, truck or SUV of your dreams.

  1. Take a test drive on both highway and city streets. Hitting the city streets will showcase how the car handles turns and bumps. On the highway, you’ll be able to see how fast it can accelerate and whether you notice any road noise. If you drive up any kind of incline (Lookout Mountain, anyone) you can quickly see whether it handles hills the way you were hoping.

 

  1. Look over the exterior with a fine tooth comb. If there has been repair work, how well was it done? Its always a good idea to check out the Car Fax. With an eye to the future, maybe those scratches and nicks are not important to you, but consider what happens when you try to resell the car to a dealer or private party.

  1. Check for leaks. Any car that is leaking fluids is a red flag for a needed repair. While you’re on a test drive, take a moment to park in a clean area on the road, and let the car run for at least 30 seconds. Then, move the car and doa visible inspection for any leaking substances.

 

  1. Make Google search and Consumer Reports your friends and look for any dirt on the car you are considering. Do this step prior to making any big ticket purchases like computers, cameras, etc. Search for the make and model and “reviews” and “recalls” and “repairs.”

 

  1. Have a mechanic do an inspection. Prior to buying a home, you enlist the help of a home inspector, so don’t skip this step when it comes to the transportation you rely on to get you where you need to go. This cost varies between $50 – $150 but if you go to the dealership, expect to pay more.

 

With AutoTrek and RMLEFCU’s incentives, you can have cash in your pocket, gas in your tank and a new car in your driveway, so don’t delay and call today!

 

 

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