When buying a car, you always want to get the best deal possible. You’re spending thousands of dollars, and you want to get your money’s worth. But, when it comes to purchasing a used car, how can you make sure that happens?
A new car comes with all kinds of warranties and guarantees to put your mind at ease when making a decision, but used cars often come with more risk.
Instead of relying on a dealership’s promises, learn how to properly inspect a used car yourself.
Use A Mechanic
If you have a mechanic or garage you trust, ask them if they’ll do a pre-purchase car inspection. They should look the car over from top to bottom to accurately determine its condition and find any parts in disrepair for a minor cost.
To do this, whoever is selling the car you’re interested in needs to loan you the vehicle for a day to have it inspected. Most official used car dealerships won’t have a problem with this and neither should a regular person selling from their home. In fact, if they do have a problem with you taking the car for an inspection that should be a red flag.
Looking At The Car
If you don’t have the money for a mechanic or don’t have one to use, there are several aspects of the car you can look at yourself while it remains on the lot.
- Tires—Are they all the same size/brand? How is the tread? Are some tires more worn down than the others? Replacing tires can be costly, and an uneven tread can mean an improper tire balance and rough ride. If you see any warning signs in the tires, discuss them with the seller to have them replace, fix or compensate you for the damage.
- Brake discs—If you can see into the inner wheel and inspect the brake discs, look for signs of scoring and damage. Also listen for sounds coming from the brakes when test driving the car. Ask the seller when the last time those brakes were checked or replaced, and if it seems like it’s been awhile since then be sure to get them checked yourself.
- Electronics—While not essential to the engine running, if you spend thousands of dollars on a car you want everything to work! Try all the lights, windows and other electronics in the vehicle to make sure they run properly.
- Engine Sounds—Have the seller turn on the engine and rev it while you listen to the engine with the hood up. Any unusual hisses, knocks or ticks should be inspected.
Don’t forget, these tips are also a great way to inspect your own cars for signs of damage, and they’re also excellent ways to inspect a car at a vehicle auction (such as the ones ASAP Towing hosts every month in Jacksovnille, FL and St. Augustine, FL).
If you’re looking for a quality used car, be sure to check out our inventory first. You won’t be disappointed.
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