Charlotte Used Car Dealer

The idea of a new car is very romantic: the new car smell, the idea of being able to customize it and get the options you want, and that sense that no one else has driven it. That being said, a brand-new model is not the best option for everyone, and often a used car is a far better choice. Finding the right used model means you need to have a great selection and a dealership that helps you get what you need. As your Charlotte used car dealer, Williams Buick GMC specializes in working closely with you to find the perfect vehicle and supporting you for many years to come.

A red 2020 GMC Canyon All Terrain is shown parked on an empty road.

No matter what stage you are at in looking for your next vehicle, we are here to help with friendly salespeople who will listen to you, answer your questions, and make sure you find exactly what you need. Our financing experts have pretty much seen it all, so no matter what your credit situation might look like, we will do everything we can to help you figure out the right solution for your next car, truck, or SUV. And our service center and parts department will be here for you for years to come, so you will always know where to turn when you need maintenance or repairs. Come visit our Charlotte showroom today to find out more, and let us show you how easy it can be to find an excellent used vehicle.

It's Always a Great Time to Buy a Used Car

People like to say that the best time to start doing something is today; we would say that the best time to buy a used vehicle is today. No matter what day it is, a used car, truck, or SUV represents a fantastic way to save some money and help out the environment. For starters, used cars cost less upfront than brand-new models since they have a lower price tag. Even a pre-owned vehicle that is only a few years old, with low mileage on it, will be more affordable than a comparable new option, so you save money when you buy a used car.

We might argue that even better than the low initial price, however, is the fact that buying a used vehicle lets you skip out on a lot of the initial depreciation. Everyone knows that vehicles depreciate in value over time––regular use and the wear and tear that brings mean that a car is worth less every year after it is sold as new. In fact, just in the first few years, a huge amount of depreciation occurs, so you can skip that and retain more value with your purchase by going with a used model.

One thing that a lot of people do not realize is that choosing a used vehicle is also a great way to be more environmentally conscious when shopping for a car. There is a tremendous amount of energy and resources that go into making a vehicle. When you buy a used model, you help justify those resources by keeping it on the road longer, and you reduce the need for a new vehicle to be made. As long as you keep a used model in good condition to ensure it has the best fuel economy possible, buying and driving a used car can really help out the environment.

A red 2019 Buick Regal GS is shown from the rear driving down a winding road after leaving a Charlotte used car dealer.

Choosing the Right Used Vehicle

Shopping for a used vehicle seems like it should be simple, but it is easy to find yourself with so many options available that it can get a bit overwhelming. That is why it is so helpful to have a knowledgeable and friendly salesperson by your side to assist you throughout the process. Here at Williams Buick GMC, we will talk to you, answer your questions, and work closely with you to ensure you get a used vehicle with everything you need. Choosing the right vehicle is all about considering what you are looking for, comparing your needs to what is available, and then narrowing your options down further to the perfect match.

Sedans

The classic image most people have when they think about a car, a sedan is a four-door model. However, within this category, you can find a wide range of vehicles, from practical cars that are great for a family to luxurious options with leather interiors and surprisingly powerful engines.

Coupes

Two-door cars designed for performance, coupes include most vehicles that people think of as sports cars. A lot of coupes are offered as convertible models with removable or folding roofs, though plenty of coupes are not convertibles. If you are looking for a car built for speed and conquering the open road, a used coupe is a great choice.

A white 2020 GMC Acadia AT4 is shown parked on grass.

SUVs

Comfortable and versatile vehicles, SUVs are the perfect option if you are looking for something for a growing family. Traditional SUVs are large, sometimes with three rows of seats, and built on a truck platform, while smaller crossover models tend to have two rows of seating. A wide range of sizes and styles are available as SUVs have become the most popular vehicles in America.

Trucks

If you are looking for a vehicle that is all about power and getting a lot of work done, then a pickup is a great choice. These include smaller midsize models, as well as larger full-size models that can handle a lot of work and heavy towing needs. A used truck in good condition is a great choice for personal use or for a growing business.

Vans

From family minivans to larger commercial vans, these vehicles include a wide range of sizes and styles. Although SUVs have become increasingly popular and replaced minivans for a lot of families, you can still find a lot of excellent models available. A used minivan is hard to beat if you want a ton of room inside for passengers and cargo.

Still not sure what type of vehicle is right for you? Here are some of our favorite used models. If you want to know more, simply contact us today and talk with one of our experienced salespeople and let us help you pick the perfect used model.

An orange 2018 Chevy Cruze is shown from the side parked in front of a forest.

The Top Used Sedans

Getting around Charlotte can be a little difficult, especially during rush hour. The good news is that a used sedan gives you a vehicle that is built for your commute at an affordable price. Sedans are roomy, easy to drive, and, best of all, economical. No other vehicle type is going to give you the fuel economy you are going to find in a sedan. In addition, they come in all different sizes. At Williams Buick GMC, you are going to find a wide variety of used sedans that are sure to meet your needs.

The best fuel economy can be found in used compact sedans. These mighty mites can fit the smallest parking spaces in Charlotte while not hurting your wallet every time you need to fill up. Models like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic have so much to offer drivers. If you are looking for an excellent deal on a compact sedan, you should consider a used Chevy Cruze. While Chevrolet discontinued this model a few years ago, you can still find used models for sale at a solid discount.

At the other end of the spectrum are used luxury sedans, like the BMW 3 Series, Audi A6, and Cadillac XTS. These models have all the creature comforts you can desire, with premium audio systems, high-performance engines, and leather interiors. You can go to work in style in one of these models. Best of all, shopping used gives you the opportunity to buy something that you may not otherwise be able to afford.

Right in between the compact sedans and luxury models are used midsize sedans like the Honda Accord, Volkswagen Passat, and Toyota Camry. These are three of the longest-running sedans in automotive history. The reason why is that they give drivers like you a value proposition that cannot be beat. They are roomier than compact models and more affordable than luxury sedans yet still deliver exceptional fuel economy for the family driver or regular Charlotte commuter. In addition, more recent models will feature all of the driver assistance safety systems that will give you peace of mind each time you leave your house for a drive.

The Best Used SUVs

SUVs rival pickup trucks as the most popular vehicle types for sale today in America. Charlotte drivers are no exception, finding that an SUV gives them the best of both worlds, combining the creature comforts and drivability of sedans with the utility of trucks. You are going to find that you can carry more cargo in your SUV than you will ever be able to fit inside of a sedan's trunk while also enjoying a gentler ride than a truck offers.

SUVs are also the most diverse category of vehicles, ranging from subcompact and compact SUVs to midsize and full-size models. Some of the most popular used crossovers are the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, GMC Terrain, and Ford Escape. Each of these seats up to five passengers in a model that is as easy to handle as a compact sedan. However, your passengers are going to find more legroom in the average crossover, making long drives more comfortable.

Some people are drawn to SUVs because they want to use them for adventure. This is why we offer used four-wheel drive models like the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota 4Runner that can go anywhere and do anything. If you plan to buy a used SUV for off-roading, then you need to know it can handle whatever the trail and Mother Nature can dish out, which is why you'd want to buy this type of model.

We also offer great options when it comes to used midsize SUVs. Some have two rows of seats for up to five passengers, like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan Murano. These are great for commuters looking for a larger vehicle that can double as a family car on the weekends. There are also used three-row midsize SUVs like the Buick Enclave, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Ford Explorer that can seat up to eight passengers. These used models are perfect for folks with large families. There are plenty of seats for everyone, and if you need to use your SUV for moving things, you can always fold down one or both of the rear rows of seats to free up additional cargo space.

The largest used SUVs are the full-size models. While these can be more difficult to handle for inexperienced drivers and don't boast the fuel economy of midsize and compact SUVs, they more than make up for it in space. If you need room for passengers and their belongings, then nothing can match the utility of a full-size SUV. Some of the finest used models are the Ford Expedition, Chevy Tahoe, and GMC Yukon. If you're going for a local trip around North Carolina or that cross-country road trip you've always dreamed of, you will be glad you are driving one of these used full-size SUVs. Not only will you have enough room for all of your family members, but you can also even fit all of your luggage, souvenirs, and your pet dog, too!

A grey 2017 Toyota Tacoma is shown from the side parked in front of a corn field after leaving a Charlotte used car dealer.

The Most Capable Used Trucks

At Williams Buick GMC, we offer drivers some great options for a used pickup truck. First, you need to determine the use you have for a truck. Are you planning to use it for work? Do you want a truck for a family vehicle? Are you looking for a truck that can do a little of both? Once you have this figured out, it will be easier for you to choose the make and model that is best for you.

Full-size trucks are the most versatile, providing you with a great pickup to use for work and for play. Some of the top used models are the GMC Sierra 1500, Chevy Silverado 1500, and Ford F-150. Each of these will give you the ability to haul heavy loads and tow large trailers for work while still giving you a roomy cab for your personal weekend adventures.

If you are looking to get the most utility out of a truck, then you should consider a heavy-duty model. The top used heavy-duty models are the GMC Sierra HD, Chevy Silverado HD, and the Ford Super Duty. These come equipped with powerful engines designed to maximize torque, including efficient and strong turbo-diesels. If you need to tow that heavy piece of equipment or a boat, then a used heavy-duty truck is the way to go.

Midsize trucks are the most economical and are perfect for someone looking to buy their first truck. Used models such as the Toyota Tacoma and GMC Canyon offer you the pleasures and utility of driving a truck with the improved fuel economy and drivability of a smaller vehicle. But don't let their size fool you. These used midsize trucks may be small, but they are fierce!

The Most Family-Friendly Used Minivans

Even though three-row SUVs are more popular these days, used minivans may still be the best choice for the suburban Charlotte family driver. First, they offer more interior space than any other model in the same size range. Often, you will find the need to choose between passenger and cargo space in a midsize SUV, something that you won't have to do with a minivan. Second, it is easier to get your kids in and out of a minivan than an SUV. This is especially true if your little ones are still using car seats. Finally, many used minivans were built on the same frames as midsize sedans, making them easier to handle for most drivers than full-size SUVs and pickup trucks.

While only a few automakers still manufacture minivans, at Williams Buick GMC, we offer some exceptional used minivans for sale. Three of the best are the Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, and Kia Sedona. Each one features plenty of room for up to eight passengers, easily accessible cargo space, and solid fuel economy, so you won't feel the pain every time you stop at the local service station. In addition, we offer these wonderful used minivans at affordable prices, so North Carolina families can easily fit them into their automotive budget.

Things to Consider When Shopping for a Vehicle

Buying a car is difficult because of the many choices you'll be making. From body style to color, trim, and even engine size, the options can seem overwhelming. Our advice? Take it one step at a time and trust your Williams Buick GMC sales consultant to walk you through all your options. Whether you're looking for an affordable commuter or a rugged pickup truck, it always helps to align yourself with a vehicle expert.

Fuel Efficiency

Consider how much you'll be driving your new or used vehicle. Do you have a long daily commute, or is your lifestyle more urban, with shorter distance drives within the Charlotte area? Depending on how much or how far you travel, fuel efficiency can be one of the biggest considerations. Even busy families traveling less than a handful of miles from home can log a substantial amount of mileage getting the kids to and from school and activities, so it's important to carefully consider your driving habits.

Gas prices aren't getting any cheaper, so even if you need a full-size pickup or large family SUV, you can still opt for a fuel-efficient engine or say no to four-wheel drive to recapture a little extra fuel economy. The important step is to do a little math. Highway miles tend to be more efficient than city miles because you're traveling at a consistent rate of speed, so long-distance commuters should expect to benefit from the manufacturer's higher MPG rating. The reverse is true for in-town drivers.

 

 

Performance

Who doesn't want brisk acceleration and the thrill of a high-horsepower performance vehicle? If you feel the need for speed, today's engines offer plenty of choices. You're also not limited to a sports sedan or a coupe: even rugged SUVs like the Yukon offer performance-oriented engines and drivetrains. If you want to merge practicality with performance, it's possible, especially if you take some time to research your options within each model you're considering.

For example, the GMC Yukon comes available with a few different powertrain options. The most powerful is a 6.2L V8 that offers 420 hp and advanced engine capabilities, such as direct injection and variable valve timing, to optimize acceleration without sacrificing fuel economy. Similar options exist for most body styles, even pickup trucks. The concept of a performance-oriented pickup truck seems oxymoronic, but they're available for buyers who want both utility and a little on-the-road speed.

Cargo Space

Ask any busy family or weekend Asheville road tripper, and they'll tell you cargo space is critical. No one wants to shoehorn carry-ons and gear bags into a tight trunk. If you like antiquing on the weekends, you'll want a spot to stow your finds. Weekend home improvement DIY'ers also need lots of space to haul odd-sized cargo, like lumber and tools. Having a spacious cargo area and configurable rear seats that let you increase the available space is critical.

Give some thought to your lifestyle and how you use your vehicle. If you need space for gear, ask your sales consultant to show you SUVs with plenty of space in the back. Also, a used pickup truck may be a great option, especially for families looking for even more hauling capability. Simply choose a crew cab body style, and you'll get seating for up to six and a massive pickup truck bed for hauling just about anything. You can even tow a trailer.

A close up shows luggage in the trunk of a grey 2021 Buick Enclave.

Comfort and Convenience Features

How important are comfort and convenience when you slide behind the wheel? Even value seekers will admit that a few cushy extras are welcome during the long daily commute. Whether you're on a tight budget or the sky's the limit, you'll want to think about what's important. You may want leather seating, or you could lean toward equipping your car with tons of in-vehicle tech––whatever your tastes, most vehicles come in multiple trims, so you can dial in the features you want.

Choosing the right mix of features requires a little side-by-side trim comparison. With plenty of trims to pick from, you can easily choose a used vehicle with everything you want and nothing you don't. It's also important to check available equipment packages because lower-trim models are often optioned with higher-end features that didn't come standard. Either way, your sales consultant can walk you through all your options, so you end up with the best value.

Get Financing Help From the Pros

After you settle on the vehicle you want, the next step is deciding on financing. Unless you're paying cash, you'll want to consider which loan is right for you and what you can expect for an interest rate. Many buyers become confused with their choices, and some believe securing financing from an outside source can save them money, but there's an even simpler way to tackle financing.

Here at Williams Buick GMC, we focus on making the entire car-buying process fast, easy, and convenient. That's why we staff an experienced team of finance professionals who work with each individual buyer to secure the best financing option for their individual needs. No two buyers are alike, which is why our team takes a personalized approach. We can work with any credit score, high or low, and our experts know how to navigate through dozens of options to uncover the ideal financing for you.

Since a traditional loan is probably what you'll end up with, know that interest rate and term are the two biggest considerations. The finance team at Williams Buick GMC works hard to secure the lowest possible interest rates to keep your payments affordable. We work with your budget, and we'll walk you through different terms and down payment amounts to settle in on the best possible monthly payment. Not only that, but you won't end up "upside down" owing more than the vehicle is worth.

A silver 2020 Buick Enclave is shown driving out of a garage.

We Have Parts and Service

After you drive home happy in your used Buick or GMC, we invite you back for all your service and maintenance needs. We recommend keeping up with the manufacturer's maintenance schedule to keep your car, truck, or SUV running factory-new. When you trust our factory-trained technicians with your investment, you're guaranteeing your car will receive only genuine factory replacement parts. Don't roll the dice with the corner oil change chain when you can receive affordable service here at Williams Buick GMC.

Our technicians have the know-how to handle everything from simple tire rotations and oil changes to complex mechanical repairs, and since we keep our Parts Department fully stocked with a huge inventory of replacement parts, you'll never have to wait days for a repair. Need a new set of tires? We also have a great selection of replacement tires, and our team can handle everything for you, including installation.

It pays to partner with a service team that has both the expertise and the desire to deliver a world-class level of care. In those moments when your vehicle needs service, you want convenience and affordable prices. We offer fast online appointment scheduling and extended service department hours for your convenience, and you'll find our routine maintenance is priced affordably. We regularly post coupons and specials, so be sure to check our website often.

Choosing Williams Buick GMC for your service and maintenance needs levels up your ownership experience. We believe you should enjoy your vehicle worry-free the entire time you own it, so count on us to take on the maintenance for you. Take advantage of our Express Service Center when you're in a hurry. We'll quickly take care of the basics, including oil changes and tire rotations, so you can get in, get out, and get on with your day.

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