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What to look for when buying a used vehicle.
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Tips for buying a used car. What to look for when purchasing a used vehicle.
Refer to the used car exterior checklist below for items of importance when buying a used car.
Important! Buying a used car? Here's what you need to know!
Buying a Used Car Checklist
It's important to be prepared before looking at a used vehicle for sale. Armed with a list of items to be checked over, you will be less likely to forget inspecting an item, and you will be better prepared to ask questions.
- Always examine the used vehicle during the day, and in good weather conditions. It will be much easier to spot defects and damage.
- Check the vehicle for nicks and scratches
- Check the entire body of the car for thin, worn paint
- Check for the big defects that will cost the most money to fix, and don't focus as much on the minor repairs
- Have a general look around the outside of the car. Do a complete walk around.
- Examine both sides of the car from a distance (both front
- Look for any ripples, waves, poorly fitted panels and mismatched
- Look for dents or rust around the bottom of the doors
- Check for bubbles along molding or chrome (indicates rust
- Look underneath the vehicle for rust, this is especially important in colder winter climates when salt is used on the raods
- Check for welding spots on the frame (serious accident
or repairs). Ask if the vehicle has been in any collisions.
- Open and close each of the doors, the hood, and the trunk or hatchback.
- Stand back approximately 10 to 15 feet from the car and
see if the car is level.
- Check the shocks by pushing down on each corner of the
car and letting go. The car shouldn't spring right back or continue bouncing.
- Check all of the tiress (sidewall cracks, uneven tire wear, brake
- Look under the car for oil spots, transmission fluid, power steering fluid or shock absorber fluid.
- Open the hood and check belts and hoses for cracks or
- Radiator coolant should be a clean, greenish (or blue
or yellow) color.
- Pull out the oil dipstick. Oil should not be gummy or
grayish or smell burnt.
- Check automatic transmission fluid, should be clear and
- Check the fluid level in the master cylinder as well.
- Look inside the trunk for an inflated spare tire, a jack
and a lug wrench.
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