While driving a new car is nice, many people either don't want to spend the money on something that will quickly depreciate in value, or don't have the budget to purchase a brand-new car. Luckily, there are many great-quality used vehicles available at dealerships across the country. If you're in the market to buy a used car from a dealership, use the following tips:

Do Your Research

Before stepping foot on a used car lot, it is a good idea to do some research and know what you are interested in buying. Read about different makes and models, and compare their longevity, reliability, and available features until you have a short list of the makes and models that you are very interested in buying.

Set a Strict Budget

When you're at a dealership and there are many cars on the lot, it can become easy to be overwhelmed with the options available. But if you want to protect your wallet and your time, it is essential that you set a strict budget prior to looking for your next vehicle. It can be very helpful to let the salesman at the dealership know your exact budget out the door so you don't waste time looking at vehicles out of your price point.

Test Drive Several Vehicles

There is no way to know which used car will work best for you until you test drive several of them. Most used car dealerships encourage test drives, and you shouldn't be afraid to ask to test drive all of the vehicles that you are interested in so you can see how each one handles and how it meets your needs.

Get an Inspection

If you're shopping at a used car dealership that doesn't offer a good warranty, it is imperative to have the vehicle you plan to purchase inspected by an experienced mechanic. When you have a vehicle inspected by a mechanic, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that you're buying something that is in good working condition and won't need expensive repairs shortly after you take it home.

Don't Be Afraid to Walk Away

When you're shopping for a used car, it's normal to want a good deal. If your initial negotiations don't pan out, don't be afraid to walk away from the deal. The dealership will most likely call you back when they find a way to make a deal that works for all parties involved. 

For more information, contact a dealership like Robert Woodall Nissan.