Used Car Checklist Milford, CT

Used Car Checklist

Here at Key Hyundai of Milford, we understand that to you, driving is more than just getting from Point A to Point B – driving is an experience to enjoy. That’s why we do everything to help you find the perfect used car, truck, or SUV.

If you’re in the early stages of buying, you might be searching for some expert advice. That’s why our friendly team created this handy used car checklist, so you can eventually hit the streets of Milford, Fairfield, and New Haven.

Continue reading and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Car Dealership

Step One: Take Stock Of Your Wants vs Needs

Buying a used car is a big decision, one that’s made easier when you have a clear understanding of your likes and needs. After all, the average drivers keep their vehicle for six years, so it’s important to find something you’ll be happy with for multiple years.

We suggest before heading off to the dealership, jot down vehicle features you know you need versus what would be nice to have. Next, try your best to answer the following questions:

  • What’s your daily commute like?
  • Do you often need to transport lots of stuff?
  • What do your future family needs look like?
  • Do you make frequent trips into the city?

Researching Online

Step Two: Do Your Homework

Now that you have a basic idea of the type of used car you need, it’s time to start hunting! Using your smartphone or laptop, browse our online inventory from the comfort of home.

Here, you can filter your results based on year, model type, color, and more! If you have any questions about a specific used car, simply contact us by phone or email.  One of our representatives will patiently answer all your burning questions before scheduling a personal test drive.

Vehicle’s History

Step Three: Check a Vehicle’s History

Do you already have a specific used car, truck, or SUV in mind? Fantastic! Get the low-down by requesting its vehicle history report via a third-party website like CARFAX®.

This detailed account will often show things like the vehicle’s maintenance history, any open recall notices, and whether the vehicle was ever used as a rental.

Vehicle Inspection

Step Four: Take a Close Inspection

Finally, you’re at our dealership, standing in front of the used car you saw on the internet. While on the surface everything looks shiny and new, it’s a smart move to perform the following checks:


Take a walk around the used car and note any scratches, dings or cracks in the windows. Next, kneel down and take a good look at each tire, paying special attention to the tread and sidewall of each.

Finally, ask the sales rep to turn the engine on. Hear anything unusual? Do each of the exterior lights work? How does the exhaust look and smell?


A good rule of thumb is to sit in each seat before taking the test drive. Not only will this help you determine whether the vehicle has enough legroom, it also allows you to check the door locks, windows, and any other switches.

Slide behind the wheel and with the motor running, check the instrument panel for any maintenance or hazard symbols. Run the AC/heat and play around with the touchscreen and radio.

Find Your Next Pre-Owned Used Car in Milford, Ct 

Are you ready to put your plan into action? If so, contact Key Hyundai of Milford. We can help you schedule a test drive around the Milford, Fairfield, and New Haven areas!

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