What Should You Look For When Shopping For a Used SUV?

February 23rd, 2024 by

At Allen Turner Chevrolet, we understand the Emerald Coast and Crestview area’s affinity for rugged, dependable used SUVs that can handle beach trips, off-road adventures, and everyday drives. That’s why we offer an extensive selection of pre-owned SUVs and crossovers that provide the reliability and capabilities you need at used prices you’ll love. As a trusted dealership that has served the community for years, we hold ourselves to the highest standards when sourcing and certifying our used vehicles to match the quality and integrity we bring to our new Chevrolet models.

We know you have high expectations for performance, comfort, tech features, and versatility when shopping for a used SUV, and we’re confident that you’ll find the perfect fit for your needs at our dealership. From top-of-the-line models to budget-friendly options, we have something for everyone. Plus, with our knowledgeable staff and convenient online tools, we make the buying process easy and stress-free. Experience the Allen Turner Chevrolet difference by starting your search for a used SUV with us today.

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Tips on Buying a Used SUV
A silver Chevy Equinox on pavement near trees in Crestview, FL.


Purchasing a used SUV can be a smart decision, especially when you factor in the lower price compared to buying new. However, do your research and make sure you’re getting value for your money. There are several things to look for when buying a used SUV.

Towing Capacity

If you plan on using your used SUV for towing, evaluate its towing capacity. Different models have varying capacities, so assess your hauling needs and ensure the vehicle can handle them. Our knowledgeable staff can assist you in finding the perfect SUV with the right towing capacity to suit your lifestyle and needs.


The vehicle’s mileage is another critical factor to consider when shopping for a used SUV. Generally, a lower mileage suggests the vehicle is in a better condition and could have a longer life span. Evaluate the total miles on the vehicle and whether they align with the average yearly totals. Regardless of the mileage, we thoroughly inspect each vehicle’s condition to ensure it meets our high standards. Whether you’re considering a low-mileage late model or a high-mileage older model, you can be confident that any vehicle you choose from our lot has been vetted for quality, performance, and reliability.


Price is always crucial when buying any vehicle, and used SUVs are no exception. Pricing can vary significantly based on numerous factors, including the vehicle’s demand, age, mileage, and trim features. Compare similar makes and models to the current market values to ensure you get a fair deal. Additionally, pay attention to the long-term ownership cost; newer model years often come with better fuel economy and upgraded safety systems. At Allen Turner Chevrolet, our prices are competitive and transparent, so you can feel confident that you’re getting the best value for your money.

Bed and Cabin Type

When choosing an SUV, you’ll want to consider the bed and cabin type that best suits your lifestyle. Do you need a spacious cargo area for hauling equipment or luggage? Would a third-row seating configuration better accommodate your large family or frequent carpooling needs? Consider your lifestyle and typical usage to determine which body style suits you. Our used inventory includes various bed and cabin types to cater to different preferences, ensuring you’ll find the perfect fit for your needs.

Vehicle History Report

A vehicle’s service history can offer valuable insights into its maintenance level. Evidence of regular upkeep, such as maintenance receipts, suggests a diligent owner and may indicate a well-cared-for vehicle. Major repairs aren’t always a cause for concern; they could imply the owner’s willingness to invest in the vehicle’s longevity. At Allen Turner Chevrolet, we provide a complimentary vehicle history report for every used SUV on our lot, giving you peace of mind and transparency in your purchase.

Chevrolet’s Certified Pre-Owned Program

Trust is paramount when buying a used SUV, and what better way to instill confidence than with Chevrolet’s Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) program? This exclusive program offers a six-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, scheduled maintenance and service visits, and roadside assistance for added peace of mind.

Additionally, every CPO vehicle undergoes a rigorous 172-point inspection and reconditioning process to ensure it meets Chevrolet’s high standards for quality and performance. CPO vehicles often come with additional perks, such as a free trial of OnStar services and a SiriusXM radio subscription. Shop our selection of CPO SUVs at Allen Turner Chevrolet, and enjoy all the benefits of buying from a trusted dealership.

Financing and Specials

At Allen Turner Chevrolet, we believe in making your dream vehicle affordable. We offer competitive financing options tailored to your unique needs. Whether you have good, bad, or no credit, our finance team will work tirelessly to secure the best rates and terms for your loan. We have established relationships with numerous financial institutions and lending partners, allowing us to offer a wide range of financing options to suit any budget.

But our commitment to affordability doesn’t stop at financing — we also offer specials on our used SUV inventory. These deals can help you save even more on your next vehicle purchase. We constantly refresh and update our specials to ensure we offer the best possible value to our customers. Whether it’s a percentage off the price, lower monthly payments, or extended warranty options, our specials are designed to help you save.

Trade-In Options

If you have a vehicle you’d like to trade in, our competitive prices can significantly offset the cost of your next used SUV purchase. This, combined with our transparent pricing model, allows you to get behind the wheel of your dream SUV at a cheaper price.

Our team of experts will evaluate your trade-in vehicle based on factors such as its make, model, year, condition, and mileage, ensuring you receive fair market value. By trading in your current vehicle, you can lower your monthly payments, reduce your down payment, or upgrade to a higher-end model. At Allen Turner Chevrolet, we strive to make the trade-in process as seamless and hassle-free as possible.

Buy Your Dream Used SUV at Allen Turner Chevrolet

Whether you’re ready to buy, looking for more information on our used SUV and truck inventory, need financial advice, or want to schedule a test drive, our team at Allen Turner Chevrolet is here to help. We prioritize customer service and satisfaction above all else, and our knowledgeable staff is always available to assist you in finding your perfect used SUV. Contact us or stop by our dealership in Crestview, Florida, today, and take the first step toward owning your dream vehicle.

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