Top 7 Things to Look for When Buying a Used Car
January 28, 2016 at 3:41 PM
Many people prefer to buy a used car because it gives them the performance they desire without putting a dent in their budget. Buying a used car can help you to achieve your financial goals and enjoy the comfort you want.
Here are the top 7 things you should look for when buying a used car:
Body defects can sometimes be missed if you don't do a thorough inspection of a vehicle. It is important to look out for serious dents and minor scratches when you are interested in a motor vehicle. Carry a friend with you to help with your inspection. Having a trained mechanic who you trust to assist you can help you with spotting any defects quickly.
There are several mirrors on any vehicle and each of these may have cracks which are clearly visible. There may also be thin fractures which are not as easy to spot. Fractures which are almost invisible will grow over time but if you catch them early, you can usually fix them at a lower cost. Fixing cracks in glass on a used vehicle should only be a consideration when the vehicle is in such good condition that you are willing to overlook that.
Make sure that the vehicle is parked on a level surface. Once you have ascertained that there are no issues with alignment or balancing, you will have less to worry about. Fixing problems like these can force you to spend money that you didn't plan on so make sure that you check the suspensions before you buy a used vehicle.
Rust may seem like a minor issue but it is not. If you want a vehicle that does not start giving problems a few weeks after you start driving it, it is better to avoid any that have rust anywhere on the body. Look out for signs of sloppy repair jobs as well. There is no need for you to avoid checking behind the doors or hesitate to examine the trunk. Carry a flashlight so you can look at every part of the car you want to buy in detail.
Tyres can tell you a lot about the overall state of a vehicle. If a car is being sold to you as a relatively new one with just a few thousand kilometres on it, it should not have tyres that are extremely worn. The tyres should not be extremely new either. That may indicate that the owner pushed the odometer back.
Check that all lights on the vehicle are working. If you do your inspection during the day, do not forget this critical aspect of a car.
Some drivers are taller and others are shorter. This makes a difference when it comes to the amount of wear sustained by the seats. You may find that seats in the rear are not as sturdy as you would like them to so make sure you check all of them.
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