How to Find the Perfect Vehicle for you under $10,000

When it's time for you to find a used car near Des Plaines or Palatine, think about what you want. There are millions of used cars out there. Finding that perfect one for you that is low in miles can then make you feel overwhelmed. Follow these tips to find the exact vehicle you want every time, without the stress. That way, you'll know what to look for in your next purchase.

Plenty of Options to Choose From

At VW of Mount Prospect, we know the choices can be overwhelming. Consider some things that are important for the right vehicle of your choice under $10,000. What are the most important features that you find desirable? Also, create a list like the one below that you can refer to when you are coming to the dealership.

  • How many miles on the car is acceptable?
  • What type of vehicle is right for you?
  • Do you want forward wheel drive or something else?
  • Is a manual transmission acceptable for you?
  • What size engine are you looking for in your vehicle?

Our inventory has several choices. The choice is easy when you know those points above. They are the key points that buyers need to make the perfect vehicle choice every time. Mileage should be at a point that matches your needs for the vehicle. For example, if you don't need to drive and plan on buying a new car soon, then higher mileage may be acceptable. The choice is up to you, depending on your use of the vehicle. If you need one to get around Arlington Heights and you won't be hauling anything, consider a simple sedan. You might also consider a luxury sedan. The gas mileage won't matter because you won't be driving it much. If you want to carry a large family and go off-road, you should look at an SUV. You might want a van if you don't go off-road a lot but have several children or family members to carry. Vans also work for carrying things and some camping options. Finally, a truck is for those people that definitely want to haul things or pull a trailer on camping trips. They can come in four doors too. Most trucks handle off-road driving sufficiently, too.

Decide on What Kind of Performance Option You Want

Forward wheel drive versus rear-wheel drive is another thing to consider. If you have ice or muddy roads, you want all-wheel drive. Forward and rear-wheel factor into how the brake system works. You'll want to consider that when you go for a test drive. Also, think about the transmission. The first question you need to be able to answer is that one. Is a manual transmission what you're looking for in your next purchase? Would you rather have an automatic transmission instead? Don't forget to consider the size of the engine you need. Like the choice of vehicle type, the engine is more important than some people think. An engine that gets good gas mileage might not be a good choice if you plan on hauling things. Ask about that when selecting your used vehicle.

Finally, consider what you feel like when you test-drive the car. This is how you can decide if the vehicle you have your eye on is right for you. If it matches your needs above and feels good to you or your family, then that might be the choice you need to make. If it's under $10,000 and that's your budget, then your search is over. The only thing left to consider is the color of the vehicle you need and how to finance it.

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  1. Volkswagen of Mount Prospect

    333 W Rand Road
    Mount Prospect, IL 60056

    • Sales: (847) 392-6300
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