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A Buyer's Guide to Getting a Used Ford Flex

A Ford Flex is an excellent vehicle for families who want a smooth ride, roomy interior, and exterior styling that stands out. This model is a reliable choice for anyone who values the comfort and versatility they need to get through life's daily surprises. The newer generation of Flex has a lower purchase price than previous generations (, which means it's easier to find an affordable used Ford Flex for sale.

How To Seek Out Used Ford Flex Models

Because Ford no longer makes new models of the Ford Flex, you'll need to find used ones. There's a few different ways to do that.

  • Check the classifieds -  If you're willing to shop online, you can use a search engine to hunt down the used Flexes you're looking for. Online marketplaces like Craigslist, Autotrader, and eBay are good places to start your search.
  • Consider a private sale - If you want to get your hands on a used Flex as soon as possible, consider a private seller. If you're not concerned about the price, this is a great way to save yourself some time. You'll need to do your research to ensure you're getting a good deal on your purchase, and it's always a good idea to meet in person before closing the deal.
  • Buy used from a dealership - Dealerships are a great option if you want warranty coverage for your Flex. Getting help from a dealership that specializes in used vehicles also provides you with an extra layer of protection against fraud. Be sure to ensure you're dealing with a reputable Ford dealer before making a deal.

Things To Check For When Used Car Shopping

  • Does the odometer read less than 20,000? If you're buying a used vehicle, consider the mileage it's travelled. That way, you can be confident that it has been well-taken care of.
  • Does the engine run? This is just as important as checking for signs of wear like rips in seats and tears in fabric. Running engines are more likely to result in a vehicle sale than sitting idle.
  • Does the vehicle pass a visual inspection? If you're buying a used vehicle, it's always a good idea to get an expert to take a look at the overall condition. For example, if you have an eye for detail, you can look for tears in the seats and other signs of wear during your test drive. A professional inspector will give you a more comprehensive report, including pictures they've taken of all the important parts of the car.
  • Did the vehicle recently pass smog? Smog checks are a common way to check the vehicle's overall health. If you think you might be buying a used car that has been driven around town without passing a smog check, consider getting a second opinion from someone else.
  • Did the vehicle meet safety recall standards? For example, if your Flex was recalled for defective airbags, you'll want to take that into consideration when making your deal.
  • Is the title current? States set guidelines for what qualifies as valid title when it comes to used cars. If you're buying a used Flex and the title is in question, consider seeking legal advice to ensure you're getting a titled vehicle.
  • How was the vehicle maintained? It's important to know how the vehicle was maintained before you make a purchase. If it's been well cared for, you'll be more likely to get good performance from it for years to come.

Features Of The Ford Flex

The Ford Flex was introduced in 2009. It's a little smaller than some of the other SUVs on the market, so it's not as large or roomy, but it's much easier to drive than its competitors. When you're shopping for a used Flex, take a look at the different trim levels and options available when considering which one is right for you. The base model comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine as well as 17-inch wheels and tires and power locks. A mid-level trim includes one of two available engines. A 4-cylinder engine comes with a 2.7-liter engine and a 5-cylinder engine comes with a new 3.5 liter V6. The Flex can also be equipped with a 6th generation Synchro Drive for greater efficiency. It's packed full of technology, starting with Sync 3 infotainment system to include the 13-inch touchscreen and 7 speakers. Other features include an available panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, and Blind Spot Warning.

Ford Flex Maintenance Costs

Ford Flex can be a great option for people who want a small, fuel efficient SUV but still have room to spare and would like to save money on gas. However, Ford Flex costs more to maintain than other cars. In fact, it costs more than average gas guzzlers.

  • Check the maintenance schedule for your Ford Flex. If you're not sure what to expect, look at the maintenance schedule to see what needs attention first and when it's due. This gives you a good indication as to how long each repair will take and how much you might expect to pay for it.
  • Be aware of OEM parts prices. These parts are made by the manufacturer, which means you won't always be able to buy the same parts that come stock on your Ford Flex. You can sometimes find cheaper OEM parts online or at a local dealership.
  • Check the history of the car's maintenance. If it's had any repairs done recently, this information could be easily found in the vehicle's maintenance history report.

Final Thoughts

A used Ford Flex is an excellent vehicle for an active family. This model has a variety of design elements that help it stand out from other car models, which means you can get the most for your money. For those who need a perfect mixture of reliability, luxury, and comfort, there's no better option in the marketplace than the flexible class. Smart shoppers will do their research and be able to find a good used Ford Flex at a great price.

Benjamin Smith

Written by Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith is one of the managing editors of Moneyinc. Ben's been focusing on the auto and motorcycle sector since 2005. He's written over 1000 articles in the space and continues to learn about it each day. His favorite car is "any Bugatti" and he's a die hard Harley Davidson fan.

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