Tips for Buying a Used Car from Shade Tree Garage

The automotive repair experts at Shade Tree Garage, in Morristown, NJ, provide several good tips for buying a used automobile.

Morristown, NJ, July 14, 2011 --( Buying a used automobile requires some planning and knowledge. From making sure the vehicle is in good running condition to deciding upon the right payment option or warranty, there is a lot to consider when purchasing a used car. In addition to providing expert automotive repair and service, the following tips from Morristown's Shade Tree Garage are helpful suggestions for someone interested in purchasing a used car.

“Before shopping for a car, it’s important to do some homework. By spending the time upfront, you may save money in the long run,” says John O’Connor, owner of Shade Tree Garage. O’Connor continues, “It’s also a good idea to have a pre-purchase inspection completed by an independent automotive repair shop like Shade Tree Garage. We can alert you to potential repair issues and will let you know whether the vehicle would be a good investment.”

Here are O'Connor's used car buying tips:

1. Using an inspection checklist, take a look at the vehicle. An internet search for "used car buying checklist" should yield a checklist that includes all the important points to inspect.
2. Do some research on the make and model vehicle you're looking to purchase. Internet sites like Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds provide a lot of tools on buying used cars and should give you a good idea of pricing and other factors to consider.
3. Take the vehicle out on a test drive, and if you are able, drive it on hills, highways and in stop-and-go traffic.
4. Ask for the maintenance records for the vehicle.
5. Have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic you hire.
6. Research the frequency of repair and maintenance costs on the model you are considering.
7. Check on vehicle recall information.
8. Check a trusted database service that has information from state and local authorities, salvage yards, and insurance companies for vehicle history. is one of the more well-known services.

The trusted experts at Shade Tree Garage can perform a pre-purchase inspection for those interested in purchasing a used car or truck. Anyone interested in scheduling an inspection may call their office at 973-540-9880 or visit their website at

Shade Tree Garage is a trusted independent automotive repair shop located in Morristown, New Jersey. They work hard to accomplish their mission: “To give you peace of mind about the safety and reliability of your car.” They are located at 171 Washington Street, just past Mills and next to Golden Cleaners. For more information, visit their web site at

Shade Tree Garage
John O'Connor
171 Washington Street
Morristown, NJ 07960