What to Do After Buying a Used Car?

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With the wide range of budget-friendly used vehicles available at Motorwerks MINI, you’ll find many high-quality and affordable options to upgrade your St Louis Park commute. Wondering what to do after buying a used car? You’ll need to change your focus from finding a reliable used car at a great price to taking care of the vehicle, following federal and state laws, and getting the most out of your ownership experience. Review some important steps to take after buying a used car, and find out what you need to do to set yourself up for success.



Steps After Buying a Used Car

After you’ve selected your new-to-you vehicle and signed on the dotted line, you’ll want to take the following steps after buying a used car to ensure that you have all of your bases are covered as a car owner:

  • Get Insurance: Before you leave the lot, you’ll want to make sure the car is fully covered. You can’t legally drive the car home without insurance. If you’d like to reduce the time spent at the dealer, you can get insured before arriving.
  • Transfer the Title: If you buy from a private seller in the Minnetonka area, you’ll need to transfer the title yourself. But if you purchase a car from a dealership like Motorwerks MINI, we’ll handle the title transfer for you.
  • Register the Car: Again, dealerships usually handle getting the car registered, but you’ll need to visit the DMV yourself with the correct paperwork if you buy from a private seller.
  • Choose a Mechanic You Trust: It can be a challenge to find a reliable and trustworthy mechanic that offers competitive prices. That’s why car dealerships like Motorwerks MINI have a service center on-site staffed by certified technicians that are dedicated to keeping your vehicle running smoothly at peak performance levels on the roads in and around Minneapolis for years to come. We also offer rotating service specials and coupons to help you save on your next service visit.
  • Schedule Service: You’ll want to schedule service for any necessary repairs or maintenance, such as a quick oil change or a tire rotation. Even if a used car has great service history, it may still need a few small repairs.
  • Review the Owner’s Manual: Take some time to familiarize yourself with the car. Learn about the features it offers like cruise control, how to use the keyfob, what kind of oil to use, etc.
  • Check for Recalls: New and used vehicles alike can have a recall issued for one of their mechanical or technological features. As a car owner, it is important to be aware of any recalls that might affect you.
  • Think About Getting an Extended Warranty: There are a variety of extended warranties available, so it’s important to research your options to see which is the most sense for you. Some warranties are only usable at certain auto shops, so be sure you know exactly what you’re paying for.

Shop for Your Next Used Car Today at Motorwerks MINI!

The friendly sales associates at Motorwerks MINI are here to help guide you through the car buying process. From helping you with choosing the right model and securing the best possible terms and rates on a loan, to filling you in on what to do after buying a used car, we’re here for you. Contact us online or call us at (952) 213-5589 with questions about our used car inventory, our pre-owned specials, or financing programs.


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