No-one wants to put all their efforts into purchasing a vehicle only to find out that it is a complete and utter lemon. But sadly it happens all the time. In the amount of time it took for you to read this sentence, ten people bought bad cars. Cars that would ultimately drain their bank accounts, their time, and their will to live. Don’t let this happen to you.
Here are some of the tactics you can employ to ensure you only ever buy awesome cars:
Furthermore, all cars have reputations. If you have your eyes set on a particular model of vehicle. It would be very wise to find out what its reputation for reliability is. There are great resources online and elsewhere that can help you with this.
One is Consumer.org, where you can look at surveys and auto buying guides. You may also find the Automobile Association’s website has a review section of new and used cars. There are other places on the net too, it really is a gigantic place.
You want to be looking for signs of age, such as cracks in the upholstery, broken knobs and handles, and other obvious things. The seatbelt of a vehicle can tell a story about whether or not it has been in an accident. Check the seatbelts for any melted fibres or frayed parts. If you see that there is a lot of wear on the pedals you can assume that the car has been driven a lot of kilometres.
Plenty of folk are out there right now selling cars that have mechanical issues that they don’t have any idea exist. They aren’t bad people, just ignore. You don’t want to purchase a vehicle only to find out later that the vehicle was worth much less because of a problem in the engine. Have a mechanic look at the engine and give it the seal of approval. They can look for signs of overheating, leakages, and make sure the wires and tubes are all in good condition. They will also check the engine oil, coolant and transmission fluid.
There are signs that indicate whether the tyres have been over-inflated or under-inflated. It all has to do with the distribution of wear. Lots of wear in the middle of the tyre can mean that it has been over-inflated, while lots of wear on the sides indicates the opposite. Of course, if the tyres are completely bald you will want to know, as if you then buy the car you will have to replace the tyres, no question. The wear and tear tyres experience also tell the story of how aggressively the vehicle has been driven. If the shoulder near the sidewall has lots of wear, this may just mean that the owner drove like a maniac.
When shopping for a car, keep these things in mind. Check over a used car before buying and you will be less likely to be stuck with a terrible vehicle. Good luck![ssba]