Used Cars at The Kings Automall


A black 2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 is shown towing a horse trailer.

Shopping for a used vehicle can be a pretty overwhelming experience––when you visit us at Kings Auto Mall, you’ll see our amazing inventory of vehicles and finding exactly the right one can seem pretty daunting. Add into that our patented Nationwide Vehicle Search technology, and you have access to well over 1,000 vehicles here in the Cincinnati area and tens of thousands more across the country. Narrowing down all of these options to get exactly what you need might seem impossible, but we assure you that we can do it.

While we’re always happy to help you and all of our customers with your questions and assist you with finding the perfect vehicle, we also know that you might like to figure things out on your own. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us, but if you like shopping in your own time, then you can still find the perfect vehicle. Let’s take a look at an excellent approach to shopping and narrowing down your options while looking for the right used car, truck, or SUV.

Start Big: Type of Vehicle

This might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how often people don’t bother thinking about this and just jump right into looking at our full inventory of vehicles. Trying to navigate our selection of more than 1,000 different cars, trucks, and SUVs without narrowing down your options at all can quickly leave you exhausted, which is why this is so important. To start with, you should decide on which type of vehicle will best meet your needs––you might already have something vaguely in mind, but it’s worthwhile to take a moment to figure it out.

If you need a vehicle for just yourself, or maybe yourself and a partner or a friend, then a car is a great choice––hatchback models are perfect if you want something between a classic sedan and a crossover. For larger groups of people, or if you like having plenty of space inside to load up with bags or camping supplies, then an SUV is the way to go. Finally, for a vehicle that can help you get a lot of work done, especially for towing or loading up with heavy materials, a truck can’t be beat. There’s a fair amount of overlap between a truck and SUV and which will work best for you, so take some time to really consider how you need to use your vehicle each day.

A red 2020 Chevy Suburban is shown parked outside of a modern home.

Next Step: Choose the Brand

Once you know the type of used vehicle you want, you’ve eliminated a lot of choices that won’t work for you and narrowed down what’s available. From there, it can help to consider the different brands and manufacturers to determine which one has the kind of models that will best meet your needs. This might seem like jumping ahead a little bit, but it’s going to make your life a lot easier going forward.

For example, if you know you want a sedan, but you’re not sure yet which size will work best for you, then you’ll probably want to look at used options from brands like Nissan and Toyota––domestic companies have largely eliminated their sedan options. On the other hand, if you want a powerful and hard-working truck, then a company like Chevy, GMC, or Ford will give you the most options overall. Even if you can’t narrow it down to one specific brand, if you focus on just a couple instead of everything that’s available, then it can make your life easier.

Picking the Size for You

Once you’ve decided on the type of vehicle you want, then one of the most important considerations is the size that will work best for you and meet your needs. To be honest, you can swap this with the second step and approach shopping for a used vehicle with either focus in mind, and it will work just as well. In fact, you might need to consider these two things together since some brands will offer more sizes than others.

There are a couple things to keep in mind here: the size that can fit into your life and a model that’s big enough for what you need. If you live somewhere with limited parking available or you have a small garage, then a large or full-size vehicle might be too big to really fit into your lifestyle. At the same time, if you want to be able to routinely transport seven passengers in your vehicle, then a compact car is not going to work for you. Similarly, if you’re looking to do a lot of towing, then you need to figure out how much weight you want to pull and factor that into your decision. The size that is right for your needs really depends on your specific situation, and all of this is worth considering before you go any further looking at different vehicles.

Picking a Model

At this point, once you’ve figured out the above factors, you can probably choose just one or two models that will best meet your needs and focus on looking at different used options for them. For example, let’s say you’ve decided that you need a truck, that you like Chevy and GMC, and that you know you have towing needs that require the power and capability of a full-size model. By figuring these things out, you can specifically look at the Chevy Silverado 1500 and the GMC Sierra 1500: these are both full-size trucks with great towing capacity available.

It may seem like this should be pretty much it for finding the right vehicle, but at this point, you can still easily be left with dozens of similar used options of a specific model. If you choose a couple models, like in our example above, then you can have tons of different vehicles available to you even after you eliminate so many other options. At this point, you’re going to want to look at some other specific features to find the perfect used car, truck, or SUV.

A salesman is shown speaking to customers at a Kings auto mall dealership.

Important Features to Look At

It’s difficult to narrow down the specific features you should look at without talking to you because there are so many different factors at play. For example, if you’re looking for a great work truck, then you need to look at the engine, a towing package that might’ve been chosen when it was sold as new, and the specific towing and payload capacity on a vehicle that you’re interested in. But if you want a reliable sedan for a small family, then these things really aren’t going to matter to you, and you should focus on safety features.

That being said, there are some important things to keep in mind that are valuable for any type of vehicle. For starters, look at the age and mileage on a used model you’re interested in; older vehicles with a lot of miles on them will typically be less expensive but have more wear and tear, so look for a great middle-ground. Just as important, the specific model year can impact the kinds of features available on a car; you should do a little research to see what years started new generations or saw major updates for a model you’re interested in.

As you can see, there are a lot of factors that come into play when trying to find the perfect used vehicle. This is why it’s so helpful to have someone by your side who understands the car market and who can work with you to narrow down your options and make sure you get exactly the right car, truck, or SUV. Give us a call or come visit McCluskey Chevrolet at Kings Auto Mall to see how easy it can be to find the perfect vehicle with the right person by your side.