When it comes to picking out a used car, it helps to have a list of questions in mind, so you can make an informed decision. At Watermark Ford of Marion, we want to streamline the used-car-shopping experience for you, which is why we put together the following guide.

Drivers throughout Marion, Herrin, and Carbondale, IL, can feel free to contact us with any additional questions or to get behind the wheel today!

Does It Have a Vehicle History Report?

One of the first things you'll want to ask about when considering a used car is whether a vehicle history report is available. The report includes details about its condition and current mileage, as well as the following information:

  • Names of previous owners.
  • Repair or recall records, if applicable.
  • Maintenance history, usually with corresponding odometer readings.

At our used car dealership, we offer some vehicles that come with an AutoCheck report from Experian and some that come with a complimentary CARFAX® Vehicle History Report. When looking through our inventory online, you can read about each vehicle's specifications, along with Kelley Blue Book consumer reviews.

When Can I Schedule a Test Drive?

After you look at the vehicle history report, you'll want to make sure the model you're interested in is on the lot. Then you can schedule a time to get some first-hand experience before making your final decision.

Is Warranty Coverage Included?

We have qualifying pre-owned models that include our Warranty Forever powertrain coverage. This includes service for the vital components of your car like the engine, transmission, and drive assembly. It also lasts for as long as you own the vehicle, so you can move forward with confidence.

Do You Have Certified Pre-Owned Options?

In addition to offering used models that include our Warranty Forever, we also have Blue and Gold Certified models that each come with their own set of benefits. A few of these perks include 24/7 roadside assistance, FordPass™ Rewards Points, a comprehensive limited warranty, and more.

Each certified model in our inventory must meet specific requirements and pass a multi-point vehicle inspection to earn its respective title. Choosing a certified model can provide additional peace of mind because you know where the vehicle has been, and you'll have backup if you need it down the road.

What Are the Financing Options?

When it comes to buying a used car, we have a variety of auto loan options. We also offer rotating used car specials, so be sure to check back often to view our current deals! If you want a shorter-term commitment, some used cars may even have leasing options available.

Along with our used car loans and financing offers, we have a few financing resources you can use to calculate your buying power. With our convenient Credit Estimator, you can safely check your Equifax credit score for free.

Then, you can fill out our financing application online to see what type of car loan and interest rates you can expect. With this information in hand, you can narrow down the used cars within your target price range.

If you want to trade in your current set of wheels, you can view its Edmunds True Market Value (TMV®) using our convenient online form. Then, if you choose to move forward with the offer, you can apply its value towards the down payment on your next car. In turn, this decreases the amount you will finance with a car loan.

Browse Our Used Car Inventory Today

All of us at Watermark Ford of Marion look forward to helping you start your next adventure in a used car. Start by exploring our pre-owned inventory.

Then, contact us to schedule your used car test drive near near Marion, Herrin, and Carbondale, IL, today!

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Watermark Ford of Marion

1910 West Coolidge Avenue
Directions Marion, IL 62959

  • Sales: (618) 217-3459
  • Service: (618) 993-2161
  • Parts: (618) 993-2161


  • Monday 8am-6pm
  • Tuesday 8am-6pm
  • Wednesday 8am-6pm
  • Thursday 8am-6pm
  • Friday 8am-6pm
  • Saturday 9am-5pm
  • Sunday Closed