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Used Vehicle Shopping Tips in Chicago, IL

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Here at Car Credit Center we understand that shopping for a used vehicle can be stressful. To make the process easier, we’ve put together a few tips that you can use wherever you are in the shopping process. For more advice and a one-on-one finance consultation, stop by our dealership at 7600 S. Western Avenue!

Make a Checklist

Making a list of priorities and goals for your pre-owned purchase can help you navigate the wide array of options available. Start by listing everything you would love to have in your next vehicle, such as included features, body style, passenger capacity, fuel efficiency, and even color. Once you have all of that down, categorize the ones that are most important. We recommend picking two aspects that you know you definitely want, a few that would be nice, but not essential, and the ones that are more of added bonuses. You may not find a vehicle that has everything on your list, but you’ll be surprised at how streamlined the process can be when you have your priorities mapped out. For example, you won’t be tempted to spend time on a vehicle if it doesn’t have the passenger capacity and the leather interior you want!

Estimate Your Budget

Next up is estimating your budget. Whether you are considering a used vehicle due to financial difficulty or simply because you want a low monthly car payment, it’s important to know your buying power. A general guideline is to keep the total purchase price of the vehicle less than 35 percent of your pre-tax income. There are several ways to help make used cars even more budget-friendly, such as providing a significant amount at signing as a down payment or using your current vehicle for trade-in value. You’ll also want to have a general idea of your credit score, since this will determine your APR. Don’t worry if yours is less than ideal -- here at Car Credit Center we are the finance company which means we can approve your loan even if banks have turned you down in the past.

Enjoy the Process

Once you’ve done your vehicle and budget preparation, it’s time to start shopping! The best practice is to give yourself plenty of time. Finding the ideal pre-owned car or SUV may take time and persistence. We are always updating our inventory, so be sure to check back often until you see a few vehicles you love. When you do come for a test drive, bringing a trusted friend or family member can help provide the feedback you need to feel confident in your decision.

Now that you have some used vehicle shopping tips near Chicago, IL, head on over to Car Credit Center. Our team looks forward to meeting you soon!


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Used Vehicle Shopping Tips in Chicago, IL

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Sandra Anderson
Sandra Anderson
GOOGLE
6-4-2020
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Jose J Hernandez
Jose J Hernandez
GOOGLE
6-2-2020
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Got to the point of sale explain it easyly contract and drove off very happy. Thank you.

NaTasha McNabb
NaTasha McNabb
GOOGLE
5-29-2020
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Manman VilleB
Manman VilleB
GOOGLE
5-29-2020
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Damian Sanchez
Damian Sanchez
GOOGLE
5-28-2020
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Nolan Hahn
Nolan Hahn
GOOGLE
5-26-2020
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This was my first time buying a car and I was extremely nervous. After doing my research online for 2 months, I decided to go to Car Credit Center to browse used cars. On the first day I went, the team was extremely helpful and were not pushy sales people. They were understand and really took the time to make me feel welcomed. They helped me to find the two cars I liked. After, I went home, did some more research and went back to purchase they Hyundai I wanted. It was a wonderful experience and I would recommended anyone in the Chicagoland area looking for a used car to check our Car Credit Center.

Lo Lo
Lo Lo
GOOGLE
5-22-2020
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I got exactly what I wanted! My vehicle drives well. I'm a satisfied customer. I just want to shout out Adrian at the Melrose Park location. Thanks for taking the time to explain everything to me, you're the best! 🙂

kirk haygood
kirk haygood
GOOGLE
5-20-2020
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Felicia Cole
Felicia Cole
GOOGLE
5-19-2020
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Triana Jackson
Triana Jackson
GOOGLE
5-19-2020
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Courtney Haskins
Courtney Haskins
GOOGLE
5-18-2020
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Mike was really helpful and a really nice guy. Worked quickly and diligent to find me a vehicle. Highly recommend this place. Ask for Mike!

jerome johnson
jerome johnson
GOOGLE
5-16-2020
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diego barbosa
diego barbosa
GOOGLE
5-16-2020
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Robert Geralds
Robert Geralds
GOOGLE
5-16-2020
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Vincent Jackson
Vincent Jackson
GOOGLE
5-16-2020
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Kejuan Scott SR
Kejuan Scott SR
GOOGLE
5-14-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great service got me on the road same day no hassle!!!

alana Guest
alana Guest
GOOGLE
5-9-2020
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Mike was very patient with me and helped me to the fullest thank you Mike....

Katrina Buford
Katrina Buford
GOOGLE
5-8-2020
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cashatik bug
cashatik bug
GOOGLE
5-8-2020
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Aries TheWolf
Aries TheWolf
GOOGLE
3-30-2020
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I came in not expecting to hear good news but Mike took care of me. I’m happy to say that this experience went well. Mike answered all of my questions. They didn’t play any games. They got straight to the point and I got what I needed

Kenya Parrow
Kenya Parrow
GOOGLE
3-19-2020
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Very nice Visit at this car place love the Energy they give u an yes they got us in a out thank u so much luis 💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯

Dontavion O'Neal
Dontavion O'Neal
GOOGLE
3-18-2020
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Sharnetta Young
Sharnetta Young
GOOGLE
3-17-2020
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Kenya Mowatt
Kenya Mowatt
GOOGLE
3-17-2020
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Great place to get a good quality used vehicle! Felix & Phil are the best! Honest dealership, honest people who want to put you behind the wheel of a quality vehicle at a reasonable car note. Check em' out! You'll be glad you did!

Tyneshia Davis
Tyneshia Davis
GOOGLE
3-17-2020
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Krystal Shelton
Krystal Shelton
GOOGLE
3-16-2020
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I came to car credit center today and met a very great sales person today Mike (Miguel) Alba he works very well and he’s very diligent and fast and yes I will recommend a lot of people to him

Hugh Flemming Jr
Hugh Flemming Jr
GOOGLE
3-15-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Empty Star
J Rozey
J Rozey
GOOGLE
3-14-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Mike was awesome he made the car buying experience very easy and fast! I will tell everyone to him

Chontell Mateen
Chontell Mateen
GOOGLE
3-13-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Mike Alba the sales representative exceptionally amazing. He was very personal , start to the point , his Customer service was beyond comfortable. I was worried about being turned around instead I drove off with something that fit me and amazing. I highly recommend his service.

Empress Henry
Empress Henry
GOOGLE
3-13-2020
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Was serviced as soon as I walked in. Only took about 5 mins to fill out application & get approved! My kids & I love our new Dodge Avenger. Thanks Ray!

Rodney Williams
Rodney Williams
GOOGLE
3-13-2020
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Phil was extremely thorough and supportive! It was a fast and easy experience. I’d recommend coming if you need reliable and affordable transportation.

John McCall
John McCall
GOOGLE
3-12-2020
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Billie Cooper
Billie Cooper
GOOGLE
3-11-2020
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My experience with Phil Green was dynamite I thought Jesus was here himself in person after being shut down so many places Mr Phil Green must have a Magic ring or something He needs a promotion real bad I came in at 8:15 pm was done in 43 minutes no joke no lie real businessman if you ever need a deal see Phil

Kendell Lee
Kendell Lee
GOOGLE
3-11-2020
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Jill McNeil
Jill McNeil
GOOGLE
3-11-2020
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I just want to say thank you to Phil and Mike. They help me soooo much in getting a new car when my old car went out on me. If you ever need a car please go to them❤️❤️

Sicquandra Williams
Sicquandra Williams
GOOGLE
3-11-2020
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Sharia Thurmond
Sharia Thurmond
GOOGLE
3-10-2020
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Raymond was AMAZING! He made sure I was able to drive away in something I was comfortable with. He made sure to break everything down as to ensure I knew everything I was signing up for. The entire staff was very nice, friendly and accommodating. I appreciate the patience of everyone there. Thank you!

Devante Guidry
Devante Guidry
GOOGLE
3-9-2020
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symone washington
symone washington
GOOGLE
3-9-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I took my best friend to Car Credit and she came out with a nice car thanks to Oscar he took good care of us and I was thankful for his help

denzel bradley
denzel bradley
GOOGLE
3-9-2020
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Oscar is a great reference ,when I walked in he took great care of me and he knew what car was best for me and he knew what car would fit me. Great Guy!

Monika W
Monika W
GOOGLE
3-9-2020
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