Buying a Used Car: Important Factors to Consider

Given the multitude of used car choices and models out there on the market, it can be difficult to narrow down the choices to the one that’s right for you. After all, even a used car is a significant investment, and you’ll want to make sure you find the right one for your unique needs! One question to ask yourself is—what your budget will be? Equally, you’ll also need to consider your needs and how reliable the vehicle will be.

At, your online dealerships in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, Côte-Nord and the Charlevoix regions, you’ll find the brand that suits you best. Browse through our catalogue of available pre-owned vehicles on our easy-to-use website and find reliable used sedans, trucks and SUVs.


Are you shopping for a new car and don’t know what questions to ask yourself? Here are four of the things you should consider first:

Your Budget

Among the many criteria to ponder, this is certainly the first one that comes to mind. Do you want to pay with the money you already have? If so, you can set your budget at that amount. Alternatively, you can make a deposit and partially finance a slightly more expensive car. Make sure you do some serious calculations first!

If not, determining your monthly budget will help you narrow it down to the cars you can afford. If you’re concerned about fuel economy, you might also want to find out what vehicles you’re interested in and factor those costs into the equation, as this could tip the scales.

Don’t forget to include maintenance costs. Some vehicles, including some German models, require more expensive parts than other vehicles in the event of a problem, so be sure to ask about this before you decide on a vehicle!

Your Needs

This question is quite broad and varies from person to person. In any event, whether you’re flexible or not, setting more and more specific criteria will help you narrow it down to your perfect car without wasting time looking at models that don’t really meet your needs.

For example, if you have a large family, space and seating capacity are certainly non-negotiable. A minivan or a variety of SUV sizes may be right for you.

Do you need a car that just gets you to your destination while still being economical? There are numerous compact models to choose from, including Korean and Japanese models, as well as several American brands.

Looking for a sportier vehicle that’s all thrills and chills? German and American classics are waiting in our large inventory. You could also compromise with a more affordable Japanese premium luxury vehicle like Acura or Infiniti.

Your Use

Ask yourself what you will use your car for. Will you just use it for commuting to and from work, running errands? Or will you take it on long trips? If you think you’ll be driving a lot, think about choosing a model with lower mileage or an extended warranty.

Of course, all-wheel drive is a big consideration if you’re frequently out of town doing outdoor activities or camping, for example. If that’s your situation, don’t forget to check the towing capacity of the car that you like!


Anyone who has ever purchased from a private seller is likely to be familiar with this concern about reliability, and may have had a bad experience in the past. That’s why it pays to deal with a dedicated used car dealer like All of our cars are inspected and you don’t have to worry about getting a Carfax report—we provide it!

The criteria for selection varies from driver to driver, but budget, needs, use and dependability should always be top of mind.


At, we offer you a wide range of used vehicles for sale, including sedans, SUVs and trucks. We have nearly 200 models waiting for you right now! Whatever your needs, we have the vehicle that’s right for you: browse our extensive online catalogue by filtering the results based on your needs, or take advantage of our consultants’ personalized assistance.

Posted in on Jan 26, 2022