Used Cars Louisville

 

The process of buying a used car doesn’t have to be complicated, and it can seem overwhelming with so many vehicles out there to choose from. Opting for a used vehicle over a new one provides several advantages including slower depreciation over time, comparable dependability to that of a new car but at a lower price, lower insurance costs and registration fees and less likelihood of manufacturer recalls. Purchasing a used car also comes with a few risks, but these can be easily minimized through extensive research beforehand. Those in the market for a used car in the Louisville area are urged to do their homework to get the best deal possible that fits within your budget and avoid any potential problems later on down the road. Buying a previously-owned vehicle can be a great way to get the car you want at far less the cost. If you are shopping for used cars, Louisville has great options and below are some tips to know about the used car buying process.

 
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A white 2017 Chevy Camaro, an option for used cars in Louisville, is driving on a sunny tree lined road.

Plan Out Your Budget

You’ve got some ideas of the car you want in mind, but how are you going to pay for it? If you’re paying with cash, then you’ve already figured out how much you can afford. If you are financing the vehicle, then your lender will be the one to determine how much you can afford. Be sure to research a few different outside lenders as well as dealer’s lending options to see which makes the most financial sense. A good general rule of thumb is to make sure your monthly payments are not more than 20% of your take-home pay. Also, try to get pre-approved for a loan if possible before visiting the dealer. When determining your overall budget, don’t forget to factor in registration and insurance costs.

There are some extra tips to take into consideration to keep your budget as affordable as possible. Consider features in a vehicle that you know you can live without, such as tech options like GPS navigation or Bluetooth connectivity. Going with a smaller engine, say a four-cylinder over a six, can keep the overall purchase price down and also provide more cost savings when it comes to fuel economy. In addition, selecting a vehicle with an automatic transmission can often be cheaper as well as more fuel-efficient. Depending on where you live and what kinds of conditions you drive in, going with an all wheel drive vehicle may make the most sense. But if you are using your vehicle to just drive around Louisville and can get by with front wheel drive only, that will be a more economical option.

Create a Shortlist

Knowing what your budget is will help you to narrow down which vehicle you want to buy. Whether it’s a car, truck or SUV, a good way to start is by checking the reliability ratings offered by the major services. Here you can find detailed reviews to assist in building your choices. Keep in mind that this purchase will be for your ideal car and not your dream car – the one that best fits your driving needs, lifestyle, and most importantly, budget.

Research, research, research

This part of the process cannot be understated. Thorough research is essential to finding the right vehicle and will make the buying process more efficient. Fortunately, the Internet makes researching a used car purchase much simpler. Buyers in Louisville can peruse various makes and models, how they stack up in features and value compared to other vehicles, look up financing & insurances costs and more, all before visiting the dealership.

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Order a Vehicle History Report

Once you’ve narrowed down your selection of vehicles, getting a vehicle history report is an excellent way to learn all you can about that vehicle’s past. This report will detail any repairs and maintenance that has been performed, and whether or not it’s ever been in an accident. If requesting a report through a dealer, they should be able to email it to you. If requesting it on your own, be ready to have the vehicle identification number on hand.

Get the Vehicle Thoroughly Inspected

Along with the vehicle history report, it’s also a good idea to get the vehicle thoroughly inspected by an outside mechanic, who can determine if there are any potential issues that may not be initially visible. This process includes a closer look under the hood. While some shoppers may skip this step to save some money, an inspection is highly recommended to avoid problems later on.

Take a Test Drive

This might sound obvious to some but you want to be absolutely certain that the model you are looking for is right for you. The ultimate test to see if the vehicle you have in mind will feel right to actually drive it around! Some things to look out for during a test drive include whether there is enough leg and headroom, if the vehicle accelerates, shifts and brakes smoothly, whether any dashboard warning lights are illuminated, if you have full visibility when turning and backing up, and if all the controls work properly. If everything looks good, it’s also a good idea to ask the dealer for the vehicle’s service records to make sure regular maintenance is up to date.

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Begin the “Negotiation” Process

Okay, so now you’ve decided to go for it and move ahead with the purchase. At McCluskey Chevrolet, we believe in giving the best price, and because of this, there is no need to negotiate a lower price. We do offer specials and other incentives, so ask about those to see which vehicles you can find a great deal on as soon as you step onto our lot. You can be assured that we will not force you into a vehicle you won’t love or cannot afford. We also want you to leave happy, which is why he have haggle-free pricing.

Seal the Deal

Once you’ve decided on a vehicle and we have come up with a financing plan for you, you are ready to officially take ownership of your new (to you) vehicle. We will happily work with you to go through all the required paperwork. Don’t be afraid to ask for a detailed breakdown of any additional fees and don’t be shy about asking about fees you may not recognize, we are happy to go over everything. Once everything is in order and you have signed all the paper work, you are all set to head out in your new car!

Safeguard Your Investment

Now that you have your vehicle, you’ll want to make sure it stays running well. Be sure to have the recommended maintenance performed regularly to keep things running smoothly. Also keep in mind that if you plan on reselling the car later, maintaining both the exterior and interior can help to keep the value up. We have a great tool on our website that can help you figure out when your vehicle needs to be serviced. You can find it available here. Simply click on your vehicle’s model year and then your vehicle’s make, select your trim/drivetrain, fill out your average mileage, and you will get a detailed maintenance schedule for your vehicle.

Take advantage of our service center, we have the best hours and well-trained staff. You will be thrilled to know we are here for you, whether you work nights or days, we are open Monday to Thursday from 7:30 AM to 3:00 AM and have weekend availability. You can schedule your service appointment on our website here, but feel free to come down whenever you need any maintenance.

How to Find Us

 
 
At, McCluskey Chevrolet we’re proud to reward those who come from far and wide, with a truly satisfying car buying experience. Whether in search of a new, used, or GM Certified Pre-owned vehicle, we want to help.

Directions From Louisville

McCluskey Chevrolet is located 2 hours and 13 miles northeast of Louisville via I-71 North. Follow it all the way to Exit 19 / Mason Road. Take a left onto Fields Ertel Road; then another left onto Kings Automall Drive. McCluskey Chevrolet will be located four minutes down the road, on your left.

Directions From Lexington

The drive from Lexington to Cincinnati clocks in at around 2.5 hours, with the shortest route measuring around 149 miles. Needless to say that it’s flattering (to say the least) that so many prospective buyers from Lexington choose McCluskey Chevrolet over dealerships located more closely to their homes. Accessed via OH-97 East, follow I-71 South for 145 miles (approximately 2 hours 7 minutes) before taking Exit 19 onto Mason Road / Fields Ertel Road, then turn left onto Kings Automall Drive. McCluskey Chevrolet is located four minutes down the road, on your left.

No matter what you’re looking for in your next vehicle, visit McCluskey Chevrolet today and experience the McCluskey Difference for yourself.

Buying Used from McCluskey Chevy

Service

The service department here at McCluskey Chevy is second to none. It isn’t our goal to just connect you with the best car for your needs. We want to make sure your vehicle is well taken care of as well. That is why our service department is here to assist in a wide range of vehicle needs. So when you want to upgrade your used cars in Louisville, we’re here to help.

The service department can connect you with the right replacement parts. If you’re someone who loves to spend time on your vehicle during the weekends, we want to make sure you have the right factory parts for the job. Our parts and service department is here to simply get you the right parts or even take care of the job from start to finish.

Of course, you don’t need to be a mechanical wizard to use our service department. Perhaps you just want some new floor mats that fit your vehicle, are curious about possible stereo upgrades that will work in your truck, or want to show off your ride with some new wheels. Our service team will not only work with you to find the perfect parts, but we’ll install everything right here. Because beyond finding the right vehicle, we want to make sure it has all the personal touches you’re interested in as well.
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Flexible Financing

You know you need a new car, but your credit report might say otherwise. For other dealerships, poor credit can be a major issue. They’ll look at your report and turn you away based solely on whatever number comes up. That doesn’t do you any good. You need a car that can help you get to work, take the kids to school, and to really get around town. Because whether it is winter in Louisville, it’s pouring down rain throughout spring, or it’s a beautiful summer day, you need something to drive. That is exactly why we have flexible financing to help.

Our flexible financing options will help make sure you end up not only in the right vehicle but also in one that fits your budget. Our expert team of finance professionals will sit down with you and go over your current financial information. This includes your credit and your overall income. We can then create a specific financial offer for you. If you’re worried about your credit report or if you can afford a car, we’ll help outline the financing options ahead of time. This way, you know what you can afford both in total and as a monthly payment.

You are always welcome to talk to your bank ahead of time. In fact, we encourage it. This gives you more financing options to choose from. And here at McCluskey Chevy, we know a thing or two about options. As one of the largest Chevy dealers in the world, we want to give you as many vehicle options as possible, so there’s nothing wrong with having a few financing options to pull from as well. If your current bank is able to give you the best financing deal, absolutely take it. However, it is from our experience that our financing team can often get you financed when your own bank turns you down, and Chevy often gives special financing deals with zero-interest for qualified buyers and leasers.

Lifetime Powertrain Warranty

Over the life of your vehicle, you’ll need a number of parts replaced and repaired. However, when the transmission or engine goes, that’s often when most people throw up their hands and scream they’ve had enough! And we get it. The engine very much is the heart of your vehicle, so when the engine goes, there goes the entire car, right? Well, not exactly.

Here at McCluskey Chevy, we offer a lifetime powertrain warranty. The powertrain is the vehicle engine, transmission, differentials, draft shafts, and a few other smaller parts. So you no longer need to send your SUV with the dead engine to the vehicle graveyard, because if you purchased it through us, we have a lifetime warranty on it. There are some restrictions, so make sure to talk to us about the specifics, but as long as you take care of your vehicle, if the engine ever dies on you or the transmission ever fails you, it will no longer be a sign to buy something new.

Our lifetime powertrain warranty is one of the best, not only in the region but the entire country. To learn more about the warranty that goes above and beyond, give us a call.

Used Chevys

At McCluskey Chevy, we are not only one of the largest Chevy dealers in the world but also one of the largest used Chevy dealers as well. That is why our customers come from all over. They head up from Louisville, or they drive southeast from Indy, or Southwest from Columbus. And no, it isn’t just to sit around and talk about some college hoops or football (although we do love doing that). People from far and wide come in to check out our wide selection of used Chevys. We offer everything from certified pre-owned Chevys to used Chevrolets that have gone through extensive testing. After all, we appreciate you taking time out to drive up from Louisville, so we want to make sure every single car on our lot is ready for the trip back to Kentucky.

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Chevy Cruze

The Chevy Cruze is one of our favorite compact sedans on the lot. It’s stylish and packs plenty of punch. Whether you decide to go with a first-generation or second-generation model, there’s plenty to like about it. We’ve had a number of drivers come in request a used Cruze because it is such a versatile car. Of course, this means it does go fast, so while we do what we can to keep it in stock, it is one of our best selling used cars. If you’re interested and you see one, you’ll want to act quickly.

Chevy Traverse

The Traverse is the family SUV you’ve been looking for. It doesn’t have the same sheer size as the Tahoe or Suburban, but this helps keep the price down. It is one of the newer SUVs offered by Chevy, with 2009 being its first model year. This means just about every Traverse you find on the lot will be a quality option. The second generation of the SUV came out in 2018, so you’ll find a number of newer options that have the modernized face-lift. Or you can go with the first generation, which is just as stylish, and at a lower price.

Chevy Silverado

One of the best bangs for your buck is to buy a used truck. If you would love a Silverado 1500 but don’t want to pay the sticker price for a new one, a used truck is a fantastic purchase. You’ll save thousands, and there are plenty of trucks that are just a year old on the lot. From the Heavy Duty lineup of trucks to the Silverado 1500, there is a used Chevy Silverado with your name on it. The Silverado can function as anything from a workhorse, to an adventuring off-roader, to a family vehicle with plenty of bed space, so come check one out today.
 
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Shop Used with McCluskey Chevy

With all the tips presented above, you are probably ready to move forward with your used car purchase and the skilled professionals at McCluskey Chevy are here to help. Our wide selection offers plenty of choices for used car buyers in Louisville, and we offer top-notch customer service all the way through the purchasing process, from research to financing to maintenance. Call or visit our showroom to learn more about how McCluskey Chevy can make the process of purchasing a used vehicle as efficient as possible.

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