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Used Cars: PONTE'S AUTOCARE Advice on What to Do After You Buy

Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious Wilmington drivers. But how can we know we're getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else's problems?There are good used vehicles for sale in the Wilmington area. Vehicles are sold when families upsize, when families downsize or even when someone just wants a new ride. So the used vehicle may be just fine. But some Wilmington used vehicle owners sell them because they don't want to deal with developing or existing problems.When you're considering buying a used vehicle in Wilmington, ask for service records. Check to see if the recommended schedules for preventive maintenance have been followed. If so, you probably have a great used vehicle on your hands. If there aren't any service records, then assume the worst.Check the vehicle for obvious signs of problems. Kick the tires if you want to but definitely check them for uneven tread wear. This can indicate alignment ... read more

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What to Do After You Buy a Used Vehicle in Wilmington

What to Do After You Buy a Used Vehicle in Wilmington

So you've bought a used vehicle in the Wilmington area. Do you know what you're getting? It is hard to know what you're getting because people in the Wilmington area sell vehicles for different reasons. Think about why you've sold vehicles. Did you just want something new or were there problems that you wanted to run away from? Maybe it was a little of both.Used vehicles in Delaware with 25,000 to 35,000 miles/40,000 to 55,000 km on them are often lease returns, corporate program cars or rental fleet vehicles. Most Wilmington buyers feel pretty confident about these because they're newer and may still be under warranty. But how well have they been maintained?Wilmington drivers who are planning to own a vehicle for a long time will keep up on auto maintenance so that they can avoid repairs down the road. But, if you know you're only going to have the vehicle for two or three years, you may not be so committed to maintenance. It would be easy to ... read more

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Odometer Rollback on Your Wilmington, Delaware Vehicle

Odometer Rollback on Your Wilmington, Delaware Vehicle

How do Wilmington drivers know if an odometer is telling the truth?Well, back in '86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect Delaware consumers against mileage fraud. It says a Delaware seller must certify the mileage reported is the actual mileage.To have your odometer checked in Wilmington, Delaware, stop by PONTE'S AUTOCARE: PONTE'S AUTOCARE 2401 Concord Pike Wilmington, Delaware 19803   If it isn't, the seller must say why; for example, maybe the odometer is past its mechanical limits. Some older odometers only go to 99,999 and then start over at 0. Or, the odometer has been tampered with, broken or replaced.If the seller tells you the mileage isn't accurate, there's not much chance of putting a good number to it. And there's the unscrupulous seller who claims the reading is true, but it isn't. What can Wilmington vehicle owners do?You can go to www.CarFax.com, where, for a small fee, they'll give you a ... read more

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