Are you looking for the perfect used vehicle in Grand Rapids?  Here are our tips to finding just that…

Find A Trusted Dealership

Whether you’re planning on buying a new or used car, minivan, truck or SUV, finding a trusted dealership should be your first step and regardless which vehicle you are interested in purchasing may vary in options and features, one thing that should be standard is the confidence you hold in the dealership you’ll be purchasing it from.  Before you buy, you should feel confident that they’ll be able to deliver a reliable and safe vehicle.  An obvious place to start your search is with a dealership you’ve already had a positive experience working with.  But if the perfect vehicle is at a dealership you are unfamiliar with, we highly recommend checking online reviews from previous customers to see if there are consistent complaints or to see if they dealership worked to resolve any problems buyers reported.  What do their previous customers say about their experience?  Are they overwhelmingly positive with only a few negatives or do their prior customers consistently say the same negative statements?  While it’s nearly impossible to find any business with no negative reviews, it’s important to see if their complaint was legitimate as well as how the dealership responded to their complaints.


Decide Your Budget

Chances are before you even began searching for your the right used car, minivan, truck or SUV, you have a price point in mind you can afford to pay for it.  But if you haven’t crunched the numbers to see what budget you are working within, this would be the time to evaluate your maximum budget.  Next, you’ll need to know if you will be buying your next used vehicle outright or if you will need to finance it.  If financing is what will work best for your situation, be sure to shop around to find the best finance rates.  While you may discover a dealership like Broadmoor Motors that does not markup your interest rate to make a profit, many dealerships do make it a common practice to mark up the interest rate they show you. Shopping around ahead of time can help prevent you from being blindsided by an interest rate you might not have been expecting as well as help you find the best one available to you with your credit.


Choose Your Options

Today’s vehicles come with a lot of options that may be available with different packages but all those extra gadgets and whatnot’s can cost you more money.  If you need to stay within a certain budget, it’s important to decide beforehand which options are most important to your needs or your preference, and which options are simply extra perks you aren’t willing to pay for at this time.  For example, if you spend a lot of time driving to new locations for meetings or clients, navigation might be higher on the list of priorities than someone who works at the same building every day or rarely travels. Or people who live in a colder climate like Western Michigan might rank heated seats as a near necessity, whereas people living in the south may never use them.  Before deciding how essential each option is, consider how often it will actually be called into use.  Ask yourself if the extra options are an absolute requirement in your next vehicle or will it be just fluff that marks up the price without any real value added to your life?


Safety First

Regardless if your vehicle will be used predominantly as a family vehicle or not, safety ratings impact us all and should definitely play a role in deciding between similar vehicles.  Established in 1970 to regulate the overall safety of vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues safety ratings each year based on crash protection and rollover prevention.  Through testing, vehicles are given a rating of poor to excellent according to their performance during crash tests and in comparison to similar vehicles.  These ratings can be a good starting point but it’s important to also take into consideration the conditions where you’ll be driving when looking at safety features.


Backed By A Warranty

Purchasing a vehicle that comes backed by a warranty may seem like an impossible find when looking for a used minivan, truck, car or SUV but it doesn’t have to be.  At Broadmoor Motors, we believe your hard-earned dollars should not only get you a reliable used vehicle but one that comes backed by a 30 Day Powertrain Warranty.  In addition to our standard 30 Day Warranty, we offer our customers the ability to purchase an Extended Protection Plan, which offers varying levels of coverage to meet both our buyer’s needs and their budget.  Unlike many Extended Service plans, our Broadmoor Motors options are all locally administered so you don’t have to deal with calling a 1-800 number only to be told you’ll have to take your vehicle to some remote dealership you have no relationship with.



If you find yourself searching for your next used SUV, minvan, truck or car that comes equipped with AWD or 4WD, we invite you to check out our current inventory of Used Trucks, Vans, SUVs and Cars.  At Broadmoor Motors, we specialize in finding the right used minivan, truck, SUV or car to fit your personal or business needs, all while giving you the best deal we can on both your purchase and trade in.  Our family has been in the car business for over 60 years and continues to be family owned and operated in all of our Caledonia, Hastings and Wayland locations with financing available to those who qualify.  We will find you the right vehicle to fit both your budget and your needs in a pressure free environment.

Let Broadmoor Motors save you time and money when buying your next quality, Pre-Owned Car, Family Minivan, All Wheel Drive SUV, Commercial Van or Work Truck. Whether you need to replace your current car, minivan, truck or SUV with a great used vehicle, we can help you out.  Broadmoor Motors is here for all your Car Sales, and Auto Service needs in the Byron Center, Kentwood, Caledonia, Middleville, Hastings, greater Grand Rapids, Wayland and Barry County area.  Give us a call at 616.698.9595 in Caledonia, 269.397.2400 in Wayland or 269.320.6304 in Hastings to see how we can get you back on the road!