When looking for a used vehicle there are several ways you could go about it. So it is best to ask yourself some questions and choose your path according to your answers.
Do you know the exact vehicle you want, down to the features, and maybe even to the color? If you answered yes, then your best bet is to choose a dealership you know you can trust and have the salesperson do some of the legwork for you. Tell them exactly what car you want, with which features. Make sure to tell them which things are absolutely necessary to you and then they can search the area for any vehicles that meet your criteria saving you a lot of time.
Are you mostly open to the type of vehicle so long as the price is right? If this is your primary deciding factor then your best bet may be to browse the used vehicles of several friendly, reputable, dealers in your area to compare their offerings and narrow it down to the best ones before going down to the lot to view. You can also establish contact with a few salesmen to find the ones that fit you best and meet with them at the lot when you are ready.
Are you looking for a car that is guaranteed to not have any problems, even if this means paying a little more? If so, then you will want to look for used vehicles that are certified and backed with a defect free warranty to ensure that if something was missed you aren’t left empty handed or worse. It is a good idea to have someone very familiar with cars go with you and have them look over the auto before you purchase.
No matter your style though remember that it is vital to do your research before hand and chose used auto dealerships that have proven they care about their customers and want to keep you happy. Excellent customer service is even more important after the sale than before.