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Tips on How to Inspect a Used Car before Buying

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Test drive a used car before buying it

Whether you are buying from a dealership, a private seller or online dealers, shopping for a used car requires careful thought. There are good quality used vehicles on the market. But it’s always important to conduct a thorough inspection. To guide your decision-making, here are some car inspection tips.

Do your research

There are certain car models that have proven their dependability on the road. These are the types of vehicles you should look for if you are to buy a used one. Do a research and check online resources, internet forums, websites and reviews. Make sure to take note of any known issues so you can pay attention to these areas during your inspection. Don’t forget to check the car’s value in the market so you can avoid paying more than what it is worth.

Check the exterior and the body form

You may see some minor imperfections on the car’s exterior when buying a used one. Be sure to pay attention to specific areas when doing your inspection. For one, see to it that the car is on level ground. Check the tires and make sure nothing is sagging on the car. Then check the exterior and look for scratches, dents or rust on the car’s body. See if the paint is even on each body panel. Look at the sides and look for an sign of paint work. Feel the edges of joints between panels. If you feel some roughness, it might be a residue of the masking tape used when the car was painted.

Then check the trunk of the car and make sure that it is still in good condition. You should not find any signs of water entry due to holes and cracks. When inspecting the tires, see if they are worn evenly. Also make sure that all tires match. Check the tires for bad alignment. Bad alignment is usually caused by frame damage or worn suspension components.

Check under the hood

Do an inspection under the hood of the car and look for signs of rust, damage or dents. These are all indications that the car wasn’t well taken care of or was damaged. Check the hoses and belts and make sure they don’t have cracks. Inspect the engine and see if there are dark brown oil stains. If you found any, it is a sign of a leak in a gasket. And it’s something you must not take for granted as it could lead to extensive repairs in the long run. Make sure that the brake fluid and reservoir are not leaking.

Inspect the interior

When inspecting the interior of the car, check the seats and upholstery and see if there are stains, tears and any signs of damage. Turn the air-conditioning on and make sure it is working well. Also try to smell the inside of the car. Does it have a moldy, mildew smell? If yes, there must be a water leakage somewhere. Try to look for the source of that leak.

Check the car’s mileage

The mileage indicates the car’s age. So make sure to check the odometer for the mileage. On an average, a car should have run for about 16000 to 24000 miles in a year. But you also have to consider other factors. You also have to take note that an older car with very low mileage is not necessarily a good thing.

Do a test drive

The best way to know the condition of the car is by doing a test drive. So make sure to do it before making any final decisions. During the test drive, you have to check the brakes, trepidation and clunking sounds.

Make the right decision and follow these car-inspection tips when buying a used car. For more information on second hand vehicles, please visit The Auto Warehouse.

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