Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Checking a Used Car before Purchase

Now that you've chosen the car you want, it may seem like all you need to do is to pay the used car dealer and drive off into the sunset. Unfortunately, it's not as easy as all that. You need to check the quality of the used car before you put down your money. Here's a simple guide to ensure that you've got a good buy:
  • Start with the exterior. When making the final check, start from the outside. Chips and dents should be noticeable on the exterior; they may be cosmetic in nature, but that doesn't mean you don't want to fix them. The tires and windshields should be the priority, though. Inspect them for cracks or leaks and take note of what needs to be replaced.

  • Check the interior. The next part of the inspection should be inside. The seating must be checked if it's comfortable, followed by the ignition, the pedals, and the wheel. Specifically observe if there's any stiffness, signs that something needs replacing.
  • Under the hood. The engine and batteries should be in top condition. Check the oil levels as well as the brake fluid. If possible, get a professional mechanic to check all these parts.
  • Do a test-drive. The final test is on the road. You can never know how well a car would work until you take it out on a drive. A few blocks should be enough to show if you could handle driving the car regularly.

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