It’s no secret that the Internet has drastically changed the ways in which people locate and purchase used vehicles. Sure, it’s still possible to shop for a car using the traditional methods. But taking advantage of the Internet to pinpoint vehicle and pricing information – and even to secure financing – could help set you up for a much better deal. 

Need some help getting started? Here are our top tips:

  •  Do your research. After using our online auto locator to find a vehicle you’re interested in, conduct research online to ensure the seller is asking a fair price for the vehicle. Resources like Consumer Reports, Edmunds and Kelley Blue Book offer vehicle reviews and pricing information to help you become a more informed shopper.

  •  Consider getting a CARFAX® report before purchasing a vehicle. Vist the CARFAX website and then enter the vehicle’s VIN or license plate information. The report will provide you with information regarding frame/structural damage; salvaged, junked or flood titles; service and repair information; accident indicators and more. The cost of the report is a small price to pay for the peace of mind you’ll gain about your potential purchase.

  •  Prior to visiting the dealership, get pre-approved for your auto loan online. At First Commonwealth, this process is quick and easy – and you'll even get an Express Draft ("blank check") to take to the dealer with you. Once pre-approved, you’ll enjoy extra negotiating power at the dealership, since you’ll know your exact rate and loan amount.