Pre-owned vehicles present an ideal option for many car buyers seeking a blend of top-notch performance and savings. If you’re considering a used Volkswagen Tiguan, the following tips can help you gauge the quality and ensure you purchase the right vehicle for you.
1.) What’s the model year?
If you’re not familiar with this VW staple, the Tiguan crossover SUV was first sold in 2009. As you look at different used Volkswagen Tiguan options, keep in mind that a 2017 car will generally be in better condition than a 2009 car. In particular, however, the 2014 and later models have been rated for higher used car reliability than Tiguans from older years. That doesn't mean you won't find a great vehicle from an earlier year, so be sure to consult your salesperson for additional information.
2.) Review the history.
One of the most important parts of the used car buying process is to check its history reports. Was it ever in an accident? If so, how severe was the damage? How many previous owners did it have? Is it in need of any repairs? If the Tiguan is a certified pre-owned, you can trust that it’s passed an extensive 100+ point inspection by an experienced VW technician. When it comes down to one Tiguan over another, these are all things that could greatly affect your decision.
3.) Check for towing wear and tear.
Many car buyers are drawn to Tiguans for their towing power. If you can, find out if the previous owner(s) used it for towing and be conscious of that fact if you plan to use it for towing as well. Frequent towing can result in wear and tear damage over time, especially if the maximum safety weight for that particular trim was exceeded.
4.) Take it for a test drive.
You’ll definitely want to test drive the used VW Tiguan before making your final decision. Seeing it in person allows you to judge the car’s interior and exterior condition for yourself. Check for cosmetic, electrical and engine health issues, including things like rust, leaks, dents, scratches and seating. It's important to determine how the car handles and how comfortable you feel driving it.
As you shop for a used Volkswagen Tiguan, keep these tips in mind. Stop by Trend Motors Volkswagen at either of its two locations in Rockaway, NJ to see the current inventory of used VW Tiguans. Or, call 973-625-0900 to get in touch with our pre-owned sales team today.