What to look for in your used car before you buy


There are many benefits to purchasing one of the many used cars for sale. Not only do you bypass the issue of how quickly brand new cars depreciate but you also save money. In fact, you save money not only in the purchasing of the vehicle but also in repairs. A new automobile will always need work as it is driven and begins to accumulate miles, while a previously owned one has already been driven enough to get the bugs out, metaphorically speaking. Of course, all vehicles need work at some point, but a previously owned one has at least already gone through the initial wear and tear. There is also a wider selection and you can save money on insurance, too.

One of the first things to do when considering a previously owned car is to get a Carfax. All you need is the vehicle identification number (VIN), which is located on the bottom of the windshield on the driver’s side or on the driver’s side door. Purchasing the Carfax is well worth it because it gives you a history including any accidents.

In fact, when you inspect a vehicle, one of the first things to check is the frame. Look underneath and check the frame for rust. You can also check the body for a recent paint job that might point to major repairs or body work. If you suspect there has been work done, lightly tap the repainted area to see if there is a change in the sound. When there is a change in the sound of the metal it points to patch work, which points to an accident. Checking the tires for even wear is another important part of the initial inspection. When tires are worn unevenly it is a sign that something is wrong with either the wheels or the suspension.

When you check the interior, you’re looking for more than visual appeal. Check the odometer. If the miles are low but the car shows significant wear, it could be a sign that something is going on. Look for water damage and smell for mold or mildew inside the car. Don’t forget to check the trunk, too. Lift the carpet and check for signs of leaks or serious rust.

Make sure you test drive the used cars you are interested in too. Check the appearance and amount of the various fluids and examine the engine for wear and tear. Try out all the controls, lock, and windows on very door. Don’t forget to go over bumps to check the shocks and to check the alignment be lifting your hands from the steering wheel for a moment to see if the vehicle pulls to one side. Any unusual rattles, groans, or grinding noises are bad signs.

Having used cars for sale inspected by ASE certified mechanics is a good idea. When you find the right one, you should know its Blue Book value and get a fair price. Used cars for sale are plentiful, but not all are good quality. Take your time finding the right one and you’ll have a good automobile for years to come.

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