What to Do After Buying a Used Car?

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Congratulations on your new-to-you car! But as you might know, being a car owner isn’t just a one-and-done deal. You are responsible for your vehicle as long as you own it, and National Auto Plaza is here to guide you through your journey after you’ve taken the car home. From ensuring your car gets the maintenance it needs to getting auto insurance, there are a few things on your checklist in Sandy. Find out more below!

Steps After Buying a Used Car

Here is what to do after buying a used car in the Draper area:

  • Get Insurance: Before you drive off the lot with your new-to-you car, you’ll want to make sure that the car is fully covered. You can’t legally drive the car home without insurance. If you’d like to reduce the time spent at the dealer, you can get insured before arriving!
  • Transfer the Title: If you purchase a car from a dealership like ours, we’ll handle the title transfer for you. But if you bought it from a private seller, you’ll have to take care of it yourself.
  • Register the Car: Again, car dealers usually handle getting the car registered, but you’ll need to visit the DMV yourself with the correct paperwork if you buy from a private seller.
  • Choose a Mechanic You Trust: It can be a challenge to find a mechanic that’s reliable, trustworthy, and competitively priced in Salt Lake City. That’s why car dealerships like ours have a service center on-site to help customers care for their vehicles for years to come.
  • Schedule Service: Next, you’ll want to schedule service for any necessary repairs, so you drive the car in its best condition.
  • Review the Owner’s Manual: Familiarize yourself with your car whether it is regarding the unique features it has or the maintenance service it requires.
  • Check for Recalls: New and used vehicles alike can have a recall issued for one of their mechanical or technological features. As a car owner, always keep an eye out for any recalls that might affect you.
  • Consider an Extended Warranty: Extended warranties come in different varieties, so it’s important to research what options make the most sense for you. Some warranties are only usable at certain auto shops, so be sure you know exactly what you’re paying for.

Find Your Next Used Car at National Auto Plaza!

With two locations, National Auto Plaza is a well-established used car dealer in Utah. If you’re in the market for an upgrade, there’s no better place to shop than our lots! Check out our selection today!


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