Own Your Used Car Buying Experience Here in Merrillville, IN with Some Advice from the Experts at Art Hill Ford Lincoln

You've decided to pull onto the market for used cars and trucks. Let us just say: you've got your work cut out for you. There's a lot to consider. After all, no prices are set by manufacturers, there's a lot more variety than among new models, and the costs of owning used are much lower. That's because: 1. used car dealers like us set them, 2. Used cars are often late-model, low-mileage trades and vehicles just coming off leases, and 3. Depreciation's little or none and insurance and maintenance costs are often lower.

Now, bring into the mix that there are so many used models and trims to choose from, especially here in Merrillville. See how it can be hard to tell where to begin shopping? Luckily, the experts here at Art Hill Ford Lincoln have some advice. Let's start with the good news: the possibilities are almost endless; you can start anywhere you like.

Above All, Keep Your Options Open

Consider which used sedan, SUV, or truck you prefer by making a complete list of your needs. Sure, you already love Ford cars for their comfortable, fuel-efficient, and tech-savvy rides, let alone Ford crossovers and pickups for their go-anywhere capabilities. But sometimes, needs get lost in the exciting sea of details. For example, will you need extra storage space for that upcoming weekend pleasure cruise? You might prefer a coupe or hatchback versus a convertible. If fuel economy's paramount, often, a base model can be more efficient than a luxury trim, and so on.

Research and Get In-the-Know

These days, the Internet makes learning more about your favorite vehicles a whole lot easier and much more fun. Check out websites like Autotrader.com and KBB.com, the latter the Internet arm of research and valuation expert Kelley Blue Book. They're both a wealth of helpful information, full of model specs, side-by-side comparisons, and reviews from both experts and other drivers, not to mention host to a ton of vehicle worth data. Before long, you might just find the one you're looking for.

So, forearmed with knowledge, feel free to check out our wide selection of pre-owned cars and trucks. Our entire inventory's available right here on the Web. You'll find that we're home to just about any later-model, lower-mileage option you could hope to find. Best of all, each comes backed by the quality assurance of a rigorous multipoint inspection performed by expert Ford service technicians. Then...

Visit Our Used Car and Truck Dealership Prepared

First, choose a few models that fit your bill. Then, decide on a budget. Finally, bring all that vehicle info together in a file to take with you when you drop in here at 901 West Lincoln Highway in Merrillville. Know each of their 17-character Vehicle Identification Numbers (VINs). Have a Vehicle History Report from CARFAX on hand. Planning to apply for auto financing through us? Have a copy of your credit report with you, too. Other information is helpful as well, such as a car loan pre-approval, any price quotes, insurance and extended warranty quotes, and so on. It's even a great idea to have trade-in value information with you, should you plan to make one. Finally, make sure you take notes on what you learn during dealer inspections and test drives -- they're handy for later reference when it's time to make your decision.

From all of us here at Art Hill Ford Lincoln, welcome, and we look forward to helping you get behind the wheel of your next used car, truck, or SUV!

Categories: Pre-Owned Inventory
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