Many people prefer going for used cars than new cars because of high prices and the high rate of depreciation. Buyers need to be sensitive to their choices. Some cars are sold with hidden damages that may be more costly than expected to the buyer. The following are some of the things to look at to avoid purchasing damaged cars.
Buying a used car
Ensure that you check the following to avoid mechanical issues when inspecting used cars;
- Check the car’s interior and exterior carefully.
- Drive for a test.
- Call a mechanic to inspect the vehicle.
- Do leak test.
Check the car’s exterior and interior carefully
Check both outside and the inside of the car condition. Check the repairs to the exterior parts of the car. This is to ensure that the car was repaired professionally. Look at the engine and its parts. Also, open the hood and have a look at it. If some parts seem to be dirty and rusty that is an indication that it can cause problems down the road.
Drive for a test
It is advisable to take the car for a test drive on both tarmacked and rough roads. This will help you rate the cars’ performance. On local roads, you can feel how the car responds to sharp and shift turns. This will also help you to know the state of the brakes. On the highway, you can know if the car runs quick and smooth or not. No unusual engine noise or brake noise expected. Also, check whether the electronics in the car are working.
No leaking is expected and if any that requires quick repair. Leak test is mostly done while you are on drive test. Let the car run for some seconds and check whether it is leaking. Pink fluid shows transmission leak, black fluid shows oil leaking, and the green fluid shows anti-freeze leak.
A mechanic inspection
Mechanic inspection is important to reduce expensive repair on the road. A mechanic can help you discover hidden problems and assist the cars’ value. Can tell you whether there will be any major problem in the future with the engine or transmission.
Also, consider the following
- Review the model and make to help you uncover possible problems
- Figure out purchase price to help you understand how to purchase for the same.
- Make sure to decode the VIN chart; helps you to know whether the information matches with the car title and record.
- Certified pre-owned.