Deciding Which Pre-Owned Volkswagen is Right For You

February 28th, 2023 by

Volkswagens are built to last, making pre-owned models an affordable alternative to buying fresh from the factory. Offering plenty of value for a more budget-friendly price, VW pre-owned vehicles are second to none.

You’ll find an incredible selection of used Volkswagens here at Low Country Volkswagen. Our team is here to help, offering trusted guidance as you find and finance the perfect vehicle. No other used VW dealership in town offers this kind of customized service, so come see us today


When narrowing down your options, the first step is setting your budget. Remember to factor in the cost of fuel, service, insurance, etc. Once you’ve determined how much you can afford, look for a used Volkswagen near you that fits your budget. Carefully calculating your budget before setting foot on the car lot helps prevent impulse buys and other financially unwise purchases.

To set your budget, start with your take-home pay. Experts recommend spending 10% to 15% of this sum on transportation, including your monthly payment, gas costs, etc. Next, consider that any existing debt may reduce your budget.

You’ll also be responsible for covering the following:

  • Fuel costs
  • State fees 
  • Sales tax 
  • Registration fees 
  • Tag and title fees
  • Documentation or dealer fee
  • Maintenance and repair costs fees

Size of the Car

After determining your budget, consider your lifestyle and vehicle needs. If you’re looking for a commute-friendly vehicle with top comfort features, a sedan is likely the best choice. But if you’ve got a larger family that loves to explore, check out our selection of used Volkswagen SUVs for sale.

Vehicle Inspection

Your VW pre-owned vehicle’s current condition speaks volumes, with a properly maintained vehicle presenting a greater value than a poorly maintained one. Give the vehicle you’re considering a careful look-over, checking for things like engine damage, rust, dents, paint imperfections, and more. Here at Low Country Volkswagen, we also recommend using the car’s VIN to get a full vehicle history report. This will provide a comprehensive look into the used Volkswagen’s past and provide peace of mind with your purchase.


A used vehicle’s performance plays a major role in determining its value – and deciding whether or not it belongs in your driveway! This is especially important if the vehicle will be used for towing or hauling. If this is the case, learn more about the vehicle’s horsepower, torque, payload, and towing capacity.

Once you’ve gotten behind the wheel, test each of the vehicle’s features – like the infotainment system, climate control, power seats, lights, driver assist technologies, and more. If you feel confident in the vehicle’s performance and handling after your test drive, add it to your list of top contenders!

HSafety Features

Older vehicles may not have an identical list of safety features, but still offer the technologies needed to keep you safe behind the wheel. Some popular safety and driver assistance features include lane keeping assist, blind spot detection, pedestrian detection braking, automatic emergency braking, and more. Determine which of these upgraded features is a must-have, then filter your search accordingly!

More Questions About Which Pre-Owned Volkswagen is Right For You? Call Today!

Here at Low Country Volkswagen, our team remains committed to helping you find the perfect pre-owned vehicle. Whether you’re looking for a stylish sedan or a family-friendly SUV, our VW pre-owned selection includes a model for every driver! If you have questions about a particular vehicle or would like to schedule a test drive, contact us today!