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Safety Checklist for Your Pre-Owned Ford

Woman checking the safety of her new Ford SUV.

Shopping for pre-owned Ford vehicles is an excellent way to secure a high-quality ride at a fraction of the price of a brand-new car, truck or SUV. But if you’re aiming to purchase a vehicle that’s already seen time on the road, it’s important to thoroughly vet your options before you seal the deal. Ernest McCarty Ford recommends three simple tips to help ensure a pre-owned vehicle is safe to drive.

  1. Look for Ford Certified Pre-Owned vehicles.

    While there are plenty of used Ford vehicles that will serve you well, Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status indicates that the vehicle has successfully adhered to a number of strict standards in order to ensure safe, reliable performance. This includes an in-depth, 172-point vehicle inspection that covers everything from the vehicle’s history to its air-conditioning system and beyond. Plus, each CPO vehicle must be less than six years old with less than 80,000 miles for even further peace of mind.

  1. Ask for a vehicle history report.

    Most legitimate car dealerships will provide you with a vehicle history report without a hassle, and some even post reports, like those provided by CARFAX, online for your convenience. Once you’ve gained access to the report, look for anything that might cause notable safety troubles, including recalls, previous accidents and flood damage. Plus, check the maintenance history to help ensure the vehicle has received the appropriate service required to ensure long-term safety.

  1. Take it for a test-drive.

    For some, the test-drive might simply seem like an opportunity to get a feel for a used vehicle’s ride. But it’s so much more than that. Test-driving the vehicle in a variety of conditions – including on the highway, around tight corners and more – can help reveal shortcomings and how they might factor into your overall driving experience. Keep things like handling, braking and acceleration in mind, as they all play an important role in a vehicle’s performance, no matter how far you’re driving.

Pre-Owned Ford Vehicles in Alabaster, Alabama

For high-quality, pre-owned Ford vehicles in the Birmingham area, look no further than Ernest McCarty Ford. Explore our used inventory online, or stop into the dealership at 1471 1st St North, Alabaster, Alabama today.