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How to check over a used car before buying

By: Shafiq Ezati, On: August 7, 2017, Categories: buy a car, Comments: no responses

It can be very challenging to buy a used car because there a number of invisible issues with it. But if you have the capability of doing a diligent inspection, it will decrease your chances of having a buyer’s remorse in the end. Before you decide to buy a used vehicle, you should first thoroughly check and test-drive it. The inspection will reveal all the potential major and minor hidden issues in the automobile. While test-driving it will give you a good idea how the vehicle handles on the open road. 

Often people desire to get good rates for your vehicle, thus they get small repairs done in it to increase its worth. The outer appearance of the automobile can be improved, but it is important to inspect the interior, machinery and accessories of the vehicle.

With the help of the following points given below you can also become an expert and check a used car thoroughly before buying:

Be prepared to inspect the vehicle

If you want to avoid buying a wrong vehicle, it is better to make a checklist of things which you should follow while inspecting any used automobile. You should ask the seller that how many time a vehicle stop working from the date of buying. It is also important to know the number of buyers it already had. There are some people who just keep forwarding the automobiles. Although there is no problem in purchasing an old vehicle, but this evaluation will help you to set a suitable price. A reliable history record will give you a clear picture of an auto’s history and easy your decision making process.

Check the window stickers

When a vehicle is legally listed for sale, it is vital to get its sale sticker from the FTC. You can find this sticker on the window of the automobile. This will include all the details associated with vehicle’ buying date and warranty. It will also have all the repairing dates mentioned on it. This will help you to decide whether the selected vehicle should be purchased or not.

Test drive it

If you are purchasing a used vehicle for reuse, make sure to test drive it. It will let you know that how comfortably you can drive the car. In case if you find any area for improvement it is best to have it checked by a mechanic. The best thing is that you can also get a good idea about the remaining years of its lifespan.

Proper inspection of the exterior

When it comes the exterior evaluation of the automobile, make sure to check the condition of its body.  This is because sometime the large damages on the body are clearly visible, but the minor scratches stay invisible. There can be also gaps in the exterior setting of the automobile along with the scratches and dents. Touch and check every part slightly

Inspect the rear view mirrors and all the parts to evaluate their strength. Also check the doors by opening and closing them 2 or 3 times. This will help you to get a good idea about the condition of the vehicle.

Check the interior

Inspect that the condition of the seats and accessories of the car is in a perfect condition and working properly. If you find that the auto parts are not in a good condition it is better to mention this thing while settling on a price with the seller. Proper inspection of the automobile will help you to understand its actual condition and purchase it at a fair price.


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