Buying used cars can be very confusing. Shoppers are always doubtful of its efficiency and always worried about the maintenance cost. But if an individual is thinking about getting his own car but short on budget, buying used car is the best option.
Buying used cars need a lot of things to consider but the most crucial factor is the physical check up on the vehicle before making the final decision and closing the deal.
Here are some helpful tips when shopping for used car.
The first thing you need to check with the car is if it is on level ground. Doing this will enable you to check the tire and if there is any bending or floppy on the car.
It will also be wise if you make a thorough inspection on the cars paint work, check for scratches, roughness and waviness that maybe a result of poor paint job or the paint maybe just too old. Make sure that the car does not show any sign of rust from inside and out and on top and underneath.
Care to check the tire as well as its alignment. The tires must be worn evenly. Make sure that the spare tire is a full spare.
If you find it possible to get the car to a raise for a close inspection on the exhaust system of the car. Ensure that the system doesn’t have any leak.
Check under the hood for any dents, damage or rusts. See to it that the hoses and belts don’t have cracks and are not soft. Take into account the engine condition if it’s perfectly working and without any leak.
It’s also your responsibility as a buyer to get an inspection inside the car. Make a check up on the seats for any damage, rips or stain. Turn on the air conditioning system of the car to make sure that it is perfectly functioning. Inspect for the lights and all other regular functions and features of the car to see if its fully functional.
Test drive the car. This is the most important part of the process before deciding to buy the car. This will help you make a final assessment of the cars ability to take you to places safely. Be sure to drive the car on almost all types of highway, on uphill, rough and rocky roads, steep slopes and even on busy streets where traffic may come and go.
This way you will be able to know if the car will suit your driving needs and habits.