HOW TO CHECK A USED CAR BEFORE BUYING IT

September 17, 2016   /   by Marco  / Categories :  Cars, TIP AND TRICKS
HOW TO CHECK A USED CAR BEFORE BUYING IT

When you’re planning to buy a used, vehicle there are many cosmetic and mechanical factors to consider in order to determine that the performance and condition of the vehicle is up to the mark. With the help of these factors, you are going to be able to get a good deal while making sure the vehicle doesn’t drill a hole in your wallet owing to repairs down the line.

The Condition                  

A used vehicle’s value depends on its condition inside and out. First, look closely at the exterior and see if there are any scratches, dents, paint discoloration, texture unevenness or any other cosmetic imperfections. If you find any of these, the value of the vehicle is likely a little less than what the seller has proposed. Second, check the upholstery and dash for scratches; – closely inspect the leather seats and trim  on the  dashboard and door panels, blotches or stains on the fabric or other improper fittings. Also check the mechanical components that are visible; make sure all buttons, switches and levers are working. If you see any parts that are corroded or dirty as a result of excessive wear, you may face problems and higher maintenance costs in near future.

Mileage

The mileage of a vehicle can have a sizable impact on its value and general performance.. If you’re looking for a good quality used vehicle then keep in mind the basic rule of mileage – the vehicle must not have more than 85,000 miles on it. However, cars are likely to last longer than that, especially if they’ve been maintained well, so in some cases, even if it has 100,000 miles or more on it, go for it, though make sure it’s maintained well, both cosmetically and mechanically.

Fluid Leaks

Leaking fluids are a clear sign that the vehicle requires repairs or generally hasn’t been cared for properly by the current owner. To check for any kind of fluid leaks, take a test drive and park the car on a clean road. Let the engine run for at least 30 seconds up to a minute. Move the car and look for any signs of leaking fluids on the road where the car was just parked. Then open the hood and see if you can find any leaks out. Apart from engine oil, you can also have leaks in the brake fluid, windscreen washer fluid or powersteering fluid. At best, if you ask a mechanic to tag along for the ride, he/she will be able to pinpoint the exact source of the leak.

Assess the Drive

Observe things carefully while you’re taking a test drive and once you’re done, ask yourself if the brakes felt responsive. Could you easily steer the wheels? How was the handling around corners and bumps? How did the suspension feel on both flat and uneven surfaces? Were the gears shifting smoothly? Do not compromise on the things that really matter just because you’re lovestruck by the look of it  or can’t seem to believe the bargain you’re getting.  Also check if the lights are working properly including the turn signals, emergency/hazard lights, tail lights and headlights. Check everything in the dash that has a button or switch, including  components like the ignition, air conditioner, sound system etc.

The best solution is to have the vehicle assessed by a professional mechanic even if you know a great deal about cars. The mechanic may introduce you hidden problems which the owner might have done a good job of masking.  In addition, always buy your vehicle from a reliable dealer of used cars in fredericton.

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