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What to Do After Buying a Used Car

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Let’s say you’ve scoured the used car lots throughout Nashville and Hendersonville, and you’ve finally found the perfect pre-owned model for you. Finding the right used car is one thing, but knowing what to do after buying a used car is another thing. So, what are the recommended steps after buying a used car? Find out with your local Madison used car dealer, Music City Autoplex, and get more car-buying tips from our experts.



Steps After Buying a Used Car

You’ve found the right Madison used car dealer, you’ve found the right car, now what? Here are the steps you’ll need to follow to get your car ready for the open road:

  • Get Insurance: In order to drive in Clarksville, you’ll need to make sure that your car is covered by insurance. Call your insurance agent ahead of time to discuss your upcoming purchase.
  • Transfer the Title: Dealerships will handle the title transfer for you, but if you buy privately, you’ll need to arrange the paperwork yourself.
  • Register the Car: Dealerships will also usually register the car for you onsite, but if you buy privately, you’ll need to go to the DMV to finalize the process in person.
  • Choose a Mechanic You Trust: Find a mechanic that’s reliable, trustworthy, and competitively priced. Consider asking friends and family for recommendations, as well as searching for certified technicians in the Clarksville area.
  • Schedule Service: Whether your car needs a service or just quick maintenance, heading to a service center can give you major peace of mind. Schedule a service and inspection to make sure everything is in good working order.
  • Review the Owner’s Manual: Go through the owner’s manual to familiarize yourself with the basics. Your owner’s manual will tell you how to use all of the features onboard, but it also contains valuable information about what kind of oil to use and how frequently to schedule maintenance.
  • Check for Recalls: Sometimes cars get recalled for issues major and minor, so it’s a good idea to double-check your new model. You can search for recalls online and find certified service centers to fix any issues.
  • Think About Getting an Extended Warranty: Now is a good time to consider getting an extended warranty. Extended warranty plans are offered with different levels of coverage, so be sure to read the fine print. Some plans only cover certain components and other plans are only redeemable at specific auto shops, but a good plan will offer broad coverage.

Shop for a Used Car at Music City Autoplex

Music City Autoplex is proud to be your Madison used car dealer, and we can help you find just the right model for your wants and needs. Contact us to get started, or visit our dealership in Madison. Our team can get you behind the wheel of the car of your dreams, so browse our used vehicle inventory to get a head start!


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