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Tips for Buying a Used Car in Grand Rapids, MI

Tips for Buying a Used Car in Grand Rapids, MI

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Sales - 28th Street Hours

616-949-7800
Monday 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday Closed

If you’re in the middle of navigating the used car circuit or you are thinking about doing so, we at Dan Pfeiffer Auto Group want to help! In addition to providing a vast array of unique pre-owned vehicles, we are also your source for all kinds of information to make the decision and buying process easier than ever. Keep reading for a few tips and tricks to keep in mind!

Make a Features and Budget Priority List

Before you head out to our lot in person or even browse through our handy online inventory search tool, it helps to have a few goals in mind for your purchase. Although one vehicle may not end up having everything on your list, it helps to consider the factors that are most important to you. This could include the seating capacity, cargo space, fuel efficiency, or even comfort features like leather upholstery and heated seats. Then, decide how much you are willing to pay, either for the sticker price or each month. If you’re not a fan of math, we have a Payment Calculator right here on our site that can easily show you both your purchasing power and an estimated monthly cost breakdown.

Take Your Time

Now you’re ready to start shopping! There’s no need to leave the comfort of your own home, thanks to our Inventory Search tool that includes filters for numerous key areas. Here you’ll be able to input the items on your priority list and see which vehicles fit the bill. Feel free to take some time and try out a few different combinations. Finding the ideal used vehicle can take time, so we recommend giving yourself a few weeks to scope out your options and see what inventory we have added. You’ll also want to get an idea of how the vehicle has been maintained in the past, which is where the CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™ comes into action. This detailed document lets you get a complete picture of the car or SUV’s past life.

Estimate Different Payment Options

When it comes deciding how to pay for your used vehicle, there are two main options – paying for the full price upfront or financing a purchase. The right choice really depends on your savings and your lifestyle. Although it’s not as common, the affordability of used vehicles does allow some customers to be able to cover the cost of the vehicle at signing. If that’s not a possibility for you, aim to be able to provide between 10 and 20 percent of the sticker price as a down payment.

Now that you’ve read our tips for buying a used car in Grand Rapids, MI, come to Dan Pfieffer Auto Group. From Ford and Chevrolet, to Lincoln and BMW, we have a great selection of pre-owned vehicles!   


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Highly recommend!

10-25-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Big thank you in all the help for me to buy this '13 Lincoln MKT! From the Sales Consultant Brad Smith in jumping through every curve ball I threw with my above average dilligence to John Moorhead in Finance for same reason and the Manager James Moorhead in making it all come together. Great place where people do what they say and give you everything you need to feel comfortable buying a new ride. I had been searching for months and they actually had multiple options and allowed me to have any inspected by a third party. Very open with any and all info. Highly recommend! I purchased the vehicle, warranty, gap coverage and used them for finance. I did research against every aspect and they offered competitive and highly rated products.

Thank you!

Mary Whittaker Duncan
10-18-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I stopped into Dan Pfeiffer Automotive in Byron Center in a bit of a panic over a flapping side panel on a very windy day. I received such kind service as they popped the panel into place, taped the seam, and made me generally road-worthy again. I am very appreciative of their effort to help me out with something that had to be a bit out-of-the-ordinary on a Wednesday afternoon! Thank you!

Very happy!

Angela Benton
8-14-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Very happy with these guys, they keep me coming back!

Exceptional Experience!

Justin C
8-6-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

My wife and I had an exceptional experience at Pfeiffer! John was knowledgeable, friendly, and made the experience as stress free as possible. James was also available to help us navigate the unique trade in challenge we presented them. We will be back!

Great Place!!!

Lynn G
7-16-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Great Place!!!

Great Customer Service!

Rick S
7-13-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Always helpful and professional. Great customer service. They always do a super job.

Best car buying experience we've ever had!

Andrew C
7-3-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

We probably had the best car buying experience we've ever had here. James was awesome to work with. He's very knowledgeable of the line all with a very hands off approach. It was almost like he was more interested in ensuring we got the car we wanted rather than selling us a car. Had a small issue when we first got the MKZ that Pfeiffer promptly took care of all while leaving us with a service loaner.

Honest!

Celia S
7-3-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I never bought a car here nor have a I had any auto repairs completed at this site. What I can attest to is the honesty of the service rep (Eric) who sold me a $4.95 battery for a 1999 Mercury Marquis key fob and installed it at no cost. A week prior to this purchase, I spent 10 times as much at a national battery chain store for my Subaru key fob battery. He could have charged me much more and I would have never known. I feel that I had to applaud his honesty and acknowledge it.

Extremely pleased!

Bart D
6-20-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

These mechanics are exceptional. I have been extremely pleased with their work and advice. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Very Understanding!

Scott T
5-22-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

The folks at Dan Pfeiffer (John Moorhead was my sales guy there) were very understanding of my need to get the vehicle inspected by a third party. This allowed for great trust between the dealer and myself. I really appreciate the patience exerted by them.

Very Happy!

Steve L
5-13-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Very happy with this place especially with Gary Thorn the F&I Manager for the good interest rate. Nice selection of vehicles and they got us into the one we went out looking for.

Appreciate the Service!

Ken L
4-26-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Pfeiffer's service department is a very professional and welcoming place. Although we had many issues with our vehicle that took many days to complete, we were offered a loaner car, updates on how things were going, etc. After explaining to Zach from service how long we planned to keep the car and how we planned to use it in the next few years, he helped find parts that were a reasonable price and appropriate for our car, along with offering advice about tires. We appreciate the time and efforts to accommodate our needs very much.

Excellent!

Ronald S
4-22-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Service staff was excellent and work on car was prompt and very satisfactory.

5 stars!

Muaarijih L
3-13-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Buying a car there as an easy and painless experience! Salesman Ethan was very knowledgeable and professional.

Nice and Courteous!

Brenda G
3-1-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Nice, courteous, and good at quoting time & cost. Always happy to deal with the service department here.

Exceptional Service

Sarah H
2-27-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

I always receive exceptional service at Pfeiffer Lincoln located at 2424 28th street se. Dan Pfeiffer Lincoln is my choice, always. I especially love the service that is provided by the service department. Cal is absolutely wonderful. Nice service, nice people. Michael is great as well.

A Dream Come True!

Nate K
2-22-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

A Dream Come True! After experiencing an accident leaving me without a vehicle, the staff at Dan Pfeiffer Used Cars came to my rescue. Cliff, from the service department, drove out to my home (about 40 minutes away) and arrived with a smile. He was personable, friendly and didn't seem inconvenienced to bring my husband and I back to the lot. Upon arriving, I worked with Caroline and Gary who were literal miracle workers. Caroline is sweet and sincere, while Gary kept coming back with new offers and lower rates (something I would have never imagined!). Gary is very good at what he does and is a "no-bs" guy, very straightforward and honest and will work very hard for your business. After agreeing to an offer and terms (which felt like I had a great deal- WITHOUT any haggling, mind you), Cliff washed my new (to me) Ford Escape a second time that day and was detailing and polishing the windows and engine compartment with his cloth. You can tell they care deeply about what they do and about the customers they serve. Coming from two "Buy Here, Pay Here" car lots where I had previously paid 4-5x the vehicle value, expecting the worst, I walked away surprised and delighted - Dan Pfeiffer will be my go-to car dealer in the future, they've earned my loyalty an highly recommend them to anyone else that wants a zero pressure sales experience from genuinely amazing people.

Honest and Really Cares

Mark W
1-15-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Chris in Grand Rapids service dept is straight up honest and really cares. As a client, I look forward to my next purchase of an MKX.

Best Overall Buying Experience

James H
1-14-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

Took my Lincoln in today for a check up and had another great experience. Pfeiffer has given me the best overall buying experience I have ever had. I'm treated very well here.

Great!

Nacyrima D
1-12-2019
Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star Full Star

service was great got me right in for an oil change on my lincoln very friendly staff wait time was efficient

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