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What to Do After Buying a Pre-Owned Car

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Buying a pre-owned vehicle or a pre-owned luxury vehicle in the Rochester area is a great way to save money when you’re in need of a vehicle upgrade. Although, what steps should you take after securing the keys? To ensure that you’re getting the most out of ownership, the team at Mercedes-Benz of Rochester has compiled a list of steps that you can take after buying a pre-owned car.

Steps to Take After Buying a Pre-Owned Car

After you’ve finalized the purchase, you’ll want to take heed to the following steps to make sure that your car ownership experience goes smoothly:

  • Obtain Insurance: Before driving off the dealership lot, you’ll want to make sure that the vehicle is covered–especially since you cannot legally drive the car home without insurance. If you’d prefer to spend as little time possible at the dealership, you can always get insurance before arriving.
  • Transfer the Title: When Troy shoppers purchase a car from a dealership like ours, we’ll take care of the title transfer for you. On the other hand, if you buy from a private seller, you’ll have to transfer the title yourself.
  • Register the Vehicle: Again, car dealers will handle getting the car registered, but you’ll have to visit the DMV with the proper paperwork if you purchase from a private seller.
  • Consult a Mechanic You Trust: It can be difficult at times to find a reliable and trustworthy mechanic. That’s why car dealerships like Mercedes-Benz of Rochester offer an on-site service center to help customers keep their vehicles in excellent condition.
  • Schedule a Service Appointment: Next, you’ll want to schedule a service appointment for any necessary repairs. Even used vehicles with great service histories may need a little TLC.
  • Review the Owner’s Manual: Read the owner’s manual to familiarize yourself with the vehicle and learn about all of its features and its maintenance schedule.
  • Keep an Eye Out for Recalls: Some new and used cars may have recalls for mechanical or technological issues. As a car owner, it’s always best to be aware of recalls that might affect your automobile.
  • Consider an Extended Warranty: You’ll want to do research, as there is a variety of extended warranties to choose from. Also, some warranties are only usable at certain auto shops, so be sure you know exactly what you’re paying for.

Shop for a Used Car at Mercedes-Benz of Rochester

Now that you know what to do after buying a pre-owned car, turn to the Mercedes-Benz of Rochester for more car buying tips. We’re always here to help Sterling Heights shoppers find their dream model and secure the best financing or leasing terms. Reach out to us at (248) 652-3800 if you have any questions. We look forward to working with you.


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