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4 Success Tips for Finding a Used Lexus Chicago

Getting the best possible deal for you on a used Lexus Chicago can seem incredibly challenging, if not outright impossible.

The fact of the matter is that it’s simply a matter of preparation met with opportunity, and this guide will deliver all of the knowledge required to focus, target and track down your ideal pre-owned Lexus.

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  1. Specify Your Available Budget

 

When we purchase on emotion and justify with logic afterward, we often end up with deals that we’re willing to let go of for a fraction of what we paid for it.

In order to get a great used Lexus Chicago, you must know what you can afford both as a down payment and monthly. Edmunds.com has an excellent tool for this called the How Much Can I Afford? Calculator. As a general rule, 20% of your income is either a maximum or too much.

  1. Create a Used Lexus Chicago Wish List

Based on the financial information you have, plot out the vehicles you could potentially want. If those that meet your needs with particular features and qualities are simply beyond your price range, be willing to scale down to a less expensive model.

Economically, each model has a total cost of ownership. Edmunds.com’s True Market Value tool provides you with reviews, prices, features and other specific information about used Lexus Chicago.

They also provide ratings and reviews which can be a great resource for narrowing down which pre-owned Lexus you’re looking for. Seeing what professionals rate the vehicles and combining that with what Lexus owners say about their experience can be extremely helpful.

Another excellent source is something called car superstores. These essentially allow you to purchase a used Lexus Chicago with price as the main benefit.

  1. Research and Test Drive the Vehicle

Before rushing into the time-consuming inspection and negotiation process – or even contacting a seller – it’s worthwhile to do some preliminary research.

Use reputable vehicle history report companies like AutoCheck and Carfax, which reveal any information that would make the used Lexus Chicago worthless as a buyer. You’ll be required to have information like a license plate number or vehicle identification number. You can use this information to access open recall information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration if it isn’t provided.

Things such as odometer reversing, insurance company write-offs should mean crossing that vehicle off of your list immediately.

If all checks out, it’s worth contacting the Chicago dealership and booking a test drive. Test various conditions that apply to your needs, such as highway speeds, steep inclinations and city driving, and note any acceleration, braking, steering or transmission issues.

Ask for a service report as well, and if there has been any major repairs throughout the vehicle’s history it could reduce its value significantly, so this information is very valuable to have. Also, if the vehicle isn’t Certified Pre-Owned, have a professional mechanic inspect it thoroughly.

This comes for a charge, however if it’s made it past this screening process it’s worth getting an expert opinion.

  1. Negotiate a Worthwhile Deal

There are some basic negotiation considerations that will help you greatly in the long run. First, the seller will likely ask you to name a price, and if they’re effective negotiators it will probably be declined, no matter what your offer is.

Avoid haggling and mentioning a price first, and stick to an accurate appraisal of the car. Decide in advance what your maximum amount is, so that if the price is raised you won’t make irrational decisions in order to make the deal.

Before you exchange a penny of your hard earned money, ensure that you’re given legal ownership of it via the legal document, often referred to as a pink slip or a title.

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Sedans

IS Base MSRP
$37,825*
22/33 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD
ES Base MSRP
$38,900*
21/31 City/Hwy MPG* FWD
GS Base MSRP
$46,310*
22/33 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD
LS Base MSRP
$72,520*
16/24 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD

Coupes

RC Base MSRP
$40,155*
22/32 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD
LC Base MSRP
$92,000*
16/26 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD

SUVs

NX Base MSRP
$35,085*
22/28 City/Hwy MPG* FWD or AWD
RX Base MSRP
$43,020*
18/25 City/Hwy MPG* FWD or AWD
GX Base MSRP
$51,280*
15/20 City/Hwy MPG* AWD
LX Base MSRP
$89,380*
13/18 City/Hwy MPG* Full-Time 4WD

Hybrids

CTh Base MSRP
$31,250*
43/40 City/Hwy MPG* FWD
NXh Base MSRP
$39,720*
35/31 City/Hwy MPG* FWD or AWD
RXh Base MSRP
$53,035*
32/28 City/Hwy MPG* FWD or AWD
ESh Base MSRP
$41,820*
40/39 City/Hwy MPG* FWD
GSh Base MSRP
$63,635*
29/34 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD
LCh Base MSRP
$96,510*
26/35 City/Hwy MPG* RWD or AWD

Performance

GS F Base MSRP
$83,940*
16/24 City/Hwy MPG* RWD
RC F Base MSRP
$64,165*
16/25 City/Hwy MPG* RWD
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