Used Car FAQs

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Many of our customers are interested in buying a used car nearby, but oftentimes they don't know where to start. We wanted to help address the questions and concerns our customers had, which is why we've created this helpful guide. Reading through, you'll find great advice as to whether you should buy a car from a dealership vs. private seller and how to vet and find low-mileage used cars for sale. With these simple tricks and tips, you'll be well on your way to becoming a local used car expert. Still have questions even after reading through the following FAQs? Just contact our Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealer near Spokane to learn anything else you may be curious about.

Used Vehicle FAQs


Should I Buy a Used Car from a Dealership?

This is a common question we get, and we think the answer is an emphatic yes. Why? Because private sellers simply can't replicate the sales, service and selection of a nearby car dealership such as ours. We take pride in being able to pair customers with the perfect used Ram truck, Certified Pre-Owned Jeep or older Dodge Charger. We can also share used car financing tips and even help you determine whether you qualify for pre-owned car loans. Such personalized support is only available from a reputable used car dealership near Spokane like ours.


What Questions Do I Ask When Buying a Used Car?

Whatever used car you may be purchasing -- be it a pre-owned Chrysler Pacifica or a CPO Jeep Wrangler -- you'll want to ask the seller about the vehicle's service history, maintenance records and past ownership details. As you embark on a used Jeep or Dodge test-drive, we also recommend asking the following questions:

  • Does the car have a clean Vehicle History Report?
  • Are there maintenance records or receipts to verify any prior servicing?
  • What safety features and other technologies is the car equipped with?
  • Is the vehicle still covered by the factory warranty? If not, is it eligible for an extended warranty?

How Many Miles is Good for a Used Car?

The lower mileage, the better. That's a common adage no matter the vehicle you may be interested in. And what constitutes low mileage, you ask? Research has found that the average American drives 12,000 miles a year annually. Multiply that figure by the age of the vehicle you're considering to determine whether the car in question has higher or lower mileage for its age. That said, we caution you against using mileage as the sole metric in judging used cars for sale. Many higher-mileage cars with service record verification will often provide years of trouble-free service, all at a highly competitive price point. It's something to keep in mind if you're looking for affordable used Ram and Jeep trucks for sale nearby.


Which is the Best Used Mopar to Buy?

The beauty about the Stellantis product portfolio is that there truly is a vehicle available for every type of usage case. Love trucks? Try a used Ram HD truck or CPO Ram 1500. Looking for a family hauler? The Chrysler Pacifica is unrivaled when it comes to making home life easier. Driving enthusiasts, meanwhile, have choices ranging from used V8 Charger and Challenger trims to trail-ready Jeep SUVs like the Wrangler Rubicon and Grand Cherokee Trailhawk®. To find the perfect model for your needs, contact Dave Smith motors today.

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