What to Do After Buying a Used Car?

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Acquiring a used or certified pre-owned car is an exciting endeavor, but the process doesn’t stop once you sign on the dotted line. Once the deal is done, your focus shifts from finding a great car to ensuring its well-being, adhering to legal requirements, and maximizing your ownership experience. Below, the team at Larry Puckett Chevrolet has outlined the crucial steps after buying a used car that will help Montgomery and Wetumpka drivers set themselves up for success.

Post-Purchase Checklist: What to Do After Buying a Used Car

After the ink is dry and you’ve sealed the deal, it’s time to follow these steps after buying a used car:

  • Get Insurance: Before you hit the road, securing comprehensive insurance coverage is vital. Driving without insurance is illegal. To expedite the process, you can arrange for insurance before arriving at the dealership.
  • Title Transfer: If you’ve purchased your vehicle from a dealership like ours, the title transfer will typically be handled for you. However, when buying from a private seller around Millbrook, you’ll be responsible for this process yourself.
  • Car Registration: Car dealerships often assist with vehicle registration. However, if you’ve bought from a private seller, you’ll need to visit the DMV in person with the required documentation.
  • Choose a Trusted Mechanic: Finding a reliable, honest, and competitively priced mechanic can be a challenge. That’s why dealerships like Larry Puckett Chevrolet provide on-site service centers to support our customers in maintaining their vehicles for years to come.
  • Schedule Service: Next, arrange for any necessary maintenance or repairs, such as an oil change or tire rotation. Even if your used car has a good service history, it may still require minor fixes.
  • Review the Owner’s Manual: Dedicate some time to acquaint yourself with your new car. Explore its features, from cruise control to key fob operation and the recommended oil type.
  • Check for Recalls: Both new and used vehicles may be subject to recalls for mechanical or technological components. As a car owner, remain vigilant for any recalls that may affect your vehicle.
  • Consider an Extended Warranty: Extended warranties vary, so it’s crucial to research the options that suit you best. Some warranties are only valid at specific auto shops, so ensure you understand the coverage.

Explore the Steps After Buying a Used Car with Larry Puckett Chevrolet

The Larry Puckett Chevrolet team is your partner throughout the car buying process, from selecting the ideal model to securing favorable financing terms, and addressing what to do after buying a used car. Contact us online or call us at (334) 954-1982 for inquiries about our used car inventory, pre-owned specials, or financing options.

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