Checklist: Top Used Car Features People Demand Today

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Has it been a while since you purchased a vehicle? You may not be up-to-date on the features available on them. Here are some you may not be aware of that could help make driving safer, more comfortable and FUN!


Backup camera

Are your parallel parking skills not as good as they could be? Perhaps you have concerns about backing out of your driveway. Maybe parking lots aren’t your thing.


In any case, you probably want a car that comes equipped with a backup camera. It makes it easier for you to navigate because it gives you a clear view of the road behind you. It can make even the most insecure driver more confident. Not only that, it could also help lower your insurance rates because it may make you a safer driver. While you’re at it, take time to check out cars with automatic parking. It’s a relatively expensive feature, but it’s been around for a while and you may be able to find a deal on a car that has it.


Bluetooth connectivity

Do you depend on your smartphone? Is it your primary means of communication, entertainment and information? That’s the case for many people. However, it’s illegal — and unsafe — to handle one while driving.


Connect your smartphone or electronic device automatically while driving using Bluetooth. It will allow you to answer your phone hands-free, stream your favorite music and get directions and information when you need them. If your phone is set up right, you could be able to make restaurant reservations while driving so you can enjoy a spontaneous night out without taking your hands off the wheel. Not only will bluetooth help you drive safely, it will also make the experience more enjoyable.


While you’re at it, check out vehicles that come with Alexa, Siri and other virtual assistant connectivity built right in. While it’s a relatively new feature, you may be able to find some late model used cars that have it.


Automatic high beams

Nothing is more distracting to people driving in challenging conditions like rain, snow or fog than having to adjust their beams in response to oncoming vehicles or cars driving ahead of them. Automatic beams use sensors to detect traffic. They turn high beams to low when they sense other vehicles ahead and back to high once the road is clear. This is a must-have for people who regularly drive on challenging roads or in difficult weather conditions at night.


Leather seats

Cloth seats can get dirty. Vinyl doesn’t feel good, especially during long car trips. That’s why leather is the seating material of choice for some used car buyers. Many people don’t pay attention to upholstery, but they should. It could make a big difference when it comes to how long your car’s interior will last, what it will look like over time and how comfortable it is day after day.


Keyless entry

How often do you approach your vehicle with your hands full? Whether it’s groceries, sports equipment or items from the home improvement store, it’s a common issue. Using a key to open a door, trunk or hatchback can be a major headache. If you’re deciding between two models and one doesn’t have keyless entry, think twice about whether you want to live without it.


Heated seats and steering wheel

If you live in a cold climate, nothing is worse than touching a frozen steering wheel or sitting on an ice cold seat. If you live in Miami, a heated wheel and seats is a total waste of money. If you drive your car up north, they may be something you can’t live without.


Sun or moon roof

Purchasing a used vehicle can feel like a compromise to some people. Adding a feature like a sun or moon roof will make even the simplest pre-owned vehicle feel a little more luxurious. It will make driving on a perfect summer night much more fun.


Navigation system

Who wants to juggle a smartphone to get directions while driving? It’s a very unsafe thing to do. It’s one of the reasons built-in navigation systems are so popular with used car buyers today. They’re a safer and simpler way to get to your destination.


Power seats and steering wheel

How many people use your car? Mom, dad, the kids, the coach, grandma, grandpa and the babysitter probably come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. That’s why a power steering wheel and seats are important to many families. They make it easy to customize a car for each driver. Take things to the next level and consider a vehicle with a power wheel and seats that includes memory control. If you plan to own a car with a lot of different drivers, this feature could be invaluable.


Remote start

Do you live in a particularly warm or cold climate? Do you hate getting into a burning hot or icy cold vehicle? If so, you owe it to yourself to buy a used car with remote start. Starting your car from the comfort of your home with the heater or air conditioner turned on will make your morning drive a lot more comfortable and enjoyable.


Flexible third row seating

Are you considering an SUV, mini van or station wagon? Don’t limit your options. Find one with flexible third row seats. It will allow you to maximize seating when you’re chauffeuring a crowd. It will also let you max out your hauling capacity when it’s time to go camping, buy groceries or bring things home from the nursery or lumber yard.


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