8 Things to Look Out For When Buying a Used Car
It has been said that a car is the second most expensive investment a person makes in a lifetime. Would that statement apply as well if you’re buying a second-hand car? Yes! Buying a used car though is trickier than buying a new one.
So, how do you know that the second-hand car you’re trying to get is a good deal or not? Besides bringing along a mechanic you trust to help you look at the car, here’s a list of things you need to check in a used car that you’re bent on buying:
- Test drive the car. Take it out for a test drive: it is the best way to know if it’s the right one for you. Try driving it at 40 to 50kph and step on the brake firmly, yet smoothly. Any vibration from the brake pedal means there must be a problem on the brake rotors or needs new pads. If the car swerves as you brake, this could also be a sign of worn steering components or faulty brake calipers.
- Check the car’s body. Make sure the car is clean so you can properly inspect the surface and note any rust (which means the car is often exposed to rain), discoloration (which could mean it’s been repainted or exposed to acid rain), or scratches.
- Check the engine bay. A look under the hood can tell you a lot about the car’s body and its engine. A welded or bolted frame means the car’s been in a front-end collision while scratch marks on the bolt heads at the top of the fenders could mean that the front panel has been replaced or realigned.
- Check the car’s undercarriage. Check the car’s bottom for possible rust accumulation. If possible, check underneath by bringing it to a service center with either a car lift or an inspection pit.
- Check the tires. Tire wear should be even on all four corners. Uneven wear could mean that the tires haven’t been rotated properly, or worse, caused by bad wheel alignment due to worn steering or suspension components (or both) or even frame damage.
- Check the interior. Smell the interior. Usually, vehicles that have been flooded give out a certain stench. If the smell is okay, check for lumps in the seats as it’s another sign that the interior has been through a flood, so stay away from those. Further, check the seats for any rips, tears, or stains that may require repairing or cleaning.
- Check all electrical components. Bugs in a car’s electrical system is one of the most difficult to troubleshoot. Unless you bring it to a casa or dealership, fixing it usually comes down to trial-and-error so, best to check that everything’s working as they should be.
- Check all fluid levels. Make sure that all the fluid levels required by the car have been topped up, especially the essential ones like the engine oil, power steering, transmission, and brake fluids.
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