Hunting Down Used Cars

Finding the best used cars

We decided we needed a second car but couldn’t really afford another huge car payment so looking for used cars for sale was a logical step. We had a few criteria: low mileage (or as low as we could find anyway), four wheel drive, and some kind of warranty. There was a great chance that our kids would be riding around in this car and we wanted it to be as safe as possible, especially since the winters here can be so bad.

My husband spent a lot of time online looking at the inventory of the used car dealerships close to us; which we mostly found Unfortunately, we couldn’t find what we were looking for. We found great cars with low mileage but no warranty. We found cars with great warranties that weren’t four wheel drive. Basically, we found every combination of our criteria except for something that met all three.

We weren’t sure what to do next but my husband suggested we look at used cars in the next city over. Which is what we did. We basically slowly went further and further away from home until we found the exact car we were looking for. It only had 30,000 miles on it, fit comfortably into our budget, and came with a generous warranty. The hitch? We had to drive 150 miles to get it.

At first, I was really annoyed but soon realized that we really needed this car and this was the only way to get exactly what we wanted. So, we decided to turn it into a little adventure. My husband contacted the dealership and explained the situation and they agreed to hold it for us. We headed out a few days later in the minivan, all 3 kids in tow, and stopped at a few cool parks along the way. We even found this really cool roadside diner that had the best pancakes I’ve ever had.

The kids had a blast and it actually turned into a fun little road trip. When we got to the dealership, they were so nice to us! The kids were really cranky at that point so the salesmen set up a little area for them to sit and color together. They were so nice to us. It wasn’t long until we were all headed home, my husband driving the new car with our oldest son in the passenger seat. The dealership also set us up with an insurance agent, and we were able to get some very cheap car insurance no deposit, which was very nice!