348 Abbott Street. Salinas, CA 93901
348 Abbott Street. Salinas, CA 93901
348 Abbott Street. Salinas, CA 93901

What To Consider When Buying A Luxury Vehicle!

What To Consider When Buying A Luxury Vehicle!

Buying a luxury car is not a faraway fantasy as it may seem. You don’t have to be a millionaire to own your dream car, and we are here to tell you why! Unless you want to buy the latest and greatest luxury car, it is fairly affordable and the maintenance of the car is affordable as well. Here’s what you need to know about luxury vehicles if you plan on buying one!

Visiting The Dealership For A Tour

If you’re not sure about the luxury car you wish to buy, taking a trip to the dealership won’t hurt. Of course the option of shopping online or talking over the phone is still there. However, you won’t get the same feeling of buying a luxury car if it’s not there in front of you. While you may read reviews about a car, it’s hard to know how you really feel when you’re not behind the wheel. We recommend you come to our dealership and test drive any of our luxury vehicles in our inventory. Look at the interior and exterior or play around with the features if you feel comfortable buying a luxury car.

Service Contracts

Normally used cars don’t come with a warranty but they do come with what is called a “Service Contract”. A service contract promises the buyer that the service department pays for certain repairs and services on their vehicle. As luxury cars age from time to time, the chances of them needing repairs increases. There are a couple of benefits that come with getting a service contract such as saving on repairs, multiple coverage options, quality assurance, and it saves you time. We suggest you get a service contract from us at Mike’s Auto Sales when you purchase a used luxury vehicle.

What Fuel And Fluids To Use

If you’re looking to buy a luxury car, consider the possibility that it may not run on the same gas as other cars. The likelihood of putting the wrong fuel in your luxury car is high as using regular-grade gas fuel will cause severe engine knocking or pinging that can damage pistons or other parts of the engine. Premium gas is recommended by many dealerships and automotive experts. It will most likely increase the performance of your luxury car so if the handbook says it's a good idea, then fill up!

As far as fluids go, using synthetic fluids is the way to go. This goes for the brake fluid, windshield wiper fluid, engine oil, coolant, and automatic transmission fluid. Avoid using mineral based fluids as these fluids don’t provide as much protection and move slower than synthetic fluids.

Considering Additional Costs

Every luxury car may come with a few extras. Apart from buying the right fuel for your car, there are other additional things to look for like insurance, dealership fees, sales tax, and features that might come with the package you sign up for. With insurance comes deductibles. For a regular car, the deductible is normally around $500 to $1,000 but on a luxury car it’s going to look more like $2,000. Though it ranges from dealership to dealership, you should still be on the lookout. The dealership fees that you’d want to pay are the sales tax, registration, and dealer preparation fees. As for added features, the main costs you want to look out for are the costs of leather upholstery, navigation system, safety technology, heated seats, and a few others. Some of these features can cost at least $1,000.


Maintaining a car can be difficult, especially when it’s a luxury car. Luxury vehicles are held to a higher standard, so you might be thinking about making sure it’s in the best condition possible. You should also be thinking about the things mentioned above such as maintenance costs, which fuel and fluids to use, and the material of the interior. It’s important to remember that whatever damage is done to the car will be far more expensive than any damage done to a regular car. If you don’t want to pay a lot of money for maintenance, Mike’s Auto Sales suggests that you get the following vehicles; 2018 INFINITI QX60, 2017 Acura ILX, 2017 Lexus IS Turbo, and 2014 Cadillac XTS Luxury.

Still Considering Buying a Luxury Used Car in Salinas, Ca?

The thought of buying a luxury car may be a bit daunting at first but with our help, you’ll be able to find the right luxury car to fill your needs. We are dedicated to making sure that this won’t be a nerve- wracking experience. Stop by Mike’s Auto Sales in Salinas today and take a look at our selection of luxury vehicles!

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