Five Things You Should Do When Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car is a great option. There are so many advantages to this route, especially since today’s cars can last a long time. But buying used can be daunting, too. Before you start, you should be prepared for the transaction. Here are five things to do when buying used.

Buying A Used Car

Research Financing

Before you talk to the dealer about financing, do some research. Check with your bank and local credit union to see what type of financing they’re willing to offer so that you can find the best deal.


Research the Vehicle’s Value

You don’t have to take a dealer’s word for how much a car is worth. You can check that yourself, using a resource like Kelley Blue Book. lets you search vehicles by their year, model, and condition to get a true estimate of a car’s value.


Look Up the Vehicle Identification Number

The VIN is used to record a vehicle’s history, which you as a consumer have a right to know. Use the VIN to search a potential vehicle on CarFax or AutoCheck, two services which will let you know whether the vehicle has been in any big accidents or any other incidents that could change its quality.


Have the Car Looked at

If possible, ask to have the used vehicle examined by a reliable mechanic. This will give you another opinion on how healthy the car is.


Buy a Two to Three-Year-Old Car

New cars depreciate the second they leave the lot. This means that you can get a car very close to new for a much lower price. Look for a young car at Courtesy Ford of Sauk City to get the best value out of buying used.




How to Throw a St. Patrick’s Day Party

St. Patrick's Day PartyAt Courtesy Ford of Sauk City, we love any excuse to get together with friends. Since St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, why not plan a themed St. Patrick’s Day party? Here’s what you’ll need.



There are tons of delicious, traditional Irish foods that you can use to build your St. Patrick’s Day menu. Bake Irish soda bread to accompany a hearty Guinness beef stew. Or, choose corned beef and cabbage as your main dish—with a side of potatoes, of course. For dessert, anything green will do. Serve the kids green cupcakes topped with rainbow sprinkles, but offer the adults a spiked Irish coffee topped with fresh whipped cream.



If you want to create a fun party space, you can decorate with shamrocks and white calla lilies. However, if you have to choose just one thing to focus on, make it the music. If you have friends who can play instruments, invite them to bring their instruments along. Irish pubs are often filled with live, buoyant music, and having a play-along can bring that mood to your party. Otherwise settle for a playlist filled with Celtic music.


And Remember …

The cupcakes are green. The shamrocks are green. The only thing missing is everyone’s festive clothing! Have your guests dress in green and encourage them to go all out— green shirts, green beads or even green wigs are welcome. Once everyone’s together, start the night with a toast—Sláinte!