With fewer new vehicles hitting the road and the ever-increasing prices, a lot of buyers end up going for a used car. And though putting your money in a used car is a good idea, buyers need to be smart enough about it and choose wisely.
For an unsuspecting buyer, used cars with unexplained or hidden damage may prove to be costly. Therefore, it is necessary that you check a car’s condition before you purchase it.
Below we have mentioned things one should do before buying a used car.
Inspect the Car’s Interior and Exterior Carefully
The interiors and exteriors both play a huge role in the making of a car. Ensure that you are inspecting the interior upholstery carefully and check that the car’s exteriors are not damaged. We aren’t saying that you shouldn’t purchase a car with minor issues, but ensure that the exterior repairs are carried out in a professional manner and the damage is not visible unless someone takes a closer look.
Also, get your car wrapped from a car wrapping service provider to make sure the exteriors glow and shine. Open the hood to inspect the engine and other accessories. Ensure that no part suffers from corrosion as it may become a huge problem in the future.
Take a Test Drive
To make sure that the car runs fine, take a test drive on both normal road and highway as the car may perform differently under different circumstances. By driving the car on normal roads, you will get an idea of how the car responds by getting to know the breaks, handling sharp turns and car shifts after a stop.
By driving the car on a highway, you can take note of the engine’s performance. Be alert and notice if the engine and brake make any unusual noise. And while you are making sure the performance is good all over, do not forget to check the performance of the sound system in the car.
Carry Out a Leak Test
If you notice the car leaking or even suspect a fluid leak, carry out a leak test. After you have taken the car for a test drive, park it in a clean area and let the car run for at least 30 seconds.
Afterwards, move the car from that spot and check the area for any leaked fluid. Black fluid may indicate an oil leak, green fluid may indicate antifreeze fluid leak and the pink fluid leak may indicate a leak in the transmission system.
Get the Car Inspected from a Trustworthy Mechanic
A lot of buyers make the grave mistake of not getting the car inspected by a trustworthy mechanic and end up regretting it later. The loss of money and the frustration of not having the car when you need it the most puts the buyer under a lot of stress.
Therefore, it is necessary that you get the car inspected by a trustworthy mechanic. The mechanic is a professional when it comes to checking a car’s performance and they can tell you about the problems you might have missed before and even help you determine the car’s correct value.
Read Reviews of the Model
After you have decided which car you want to buy, do a bit of research online and read what the industry and customers have said about the particular model.
Does the car offer any feature better than its competitor at the same price, is the car affected by a repetitive defect or any particular problem with the engine that appears in all models? Read all the information available online and only then go ahead with the purchase.
Check the car’s MOT history report as it will help you know its service points, previous accidents, ownership history and other problems. And most importantly, do not rush to buy a used car.
Take your time, negotiate and then make the final decision about whether to go ahead and purchase. We hope the above-mentioned tips help you to make sure you are buying the right car.