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Must-have features for buying a used car in 2018

Shopping for a used vehicle has definitely changed through the years. Ten years ago, we were more concerned about basic safety features and aerodynamic design. Nowadays, advanced technology is the name of the game. So, what features should you prioritize in your used car search? Of course, each shopper will have different preferences in terms of vehicle design, size, comfort, and some other elements. But there’s a lot more to consider. Below, we have listed some of the must-have features that most used car shoppers will want to be looking for.

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1. Bluetooth and other audio options

If you’re driving an old beater with just the radio and MAYBE a cassette player, it’s time to upgrade. Starting just a few years ago, the vast majority of cars made Bluetooth wireless technology a standard feature, for both making calls and streaming audio. Before that, auxiliary audio inputs and, at the very least, CD players were basic features in many cars. Today, most pre-owned vehicles offer multiple audio options to keep you entertained on the road.woman-in-car-drivers-seat-receiving-the-keys-from-dealership-employee

2. Backup camera and other advanced safety technologies

If you’re on the lookout for a more recent used vehicle, then you should be sure to get one that has a backup camera. It’s also worthwhile to investigate vehicles that have other tech features, such as adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, blind spot monitors, and the like. Since most new cars offer these features, they will be more and more prevalent in used cars to come.

3. Basic safety features

Although most late-model used vehicles should already have these, they are still worth mentioning. Features like electronic stability control, traction control, antilock brakes, and others are crucial to on-road safety. Fortunately, the majority of cars made in the last 15 years will have these features. If your current vehicle does not, consider upgrading as soon as possible, for your own (and your passengers’) safety.

4. Remote start or, at the very least, keyless entry

Remote start capability has transformed convenience as we know it. The ability to get in a vehicle that has already been cooled down on a hot summer day (or warmed up on a cold winter day) is incredible. This feature, however, may only be available on higher-end used vehicles, so, at the very least, invest in a car that has keyless entry. Being able to lock and unlock the doors without physically putting a key in the lock is a luxury many current drivers take for granted.

5. All-wheel or four-wheel drive

This one may depend on your driving habits, so if there’s any chance you’ll be driving on slippery roads or taking an off-road adventure in your next vehicle, then it’s probably a good idea to find a used car that comes with either AWD or 4WD. All-wheel drive is excellent for driving in rain, snow, and other inclement weather, while 4WD is best for taking the road less traveled. Either way, these drivetrains are designed to inspire confidence in less-than-ideal driving conditions.