Deciding on which used car to buy can be a tricky business. Here’s a quick checklist on how to inspect a used car and guarantee more value for your money.
Buying used cars can never be easy. Apart from the model and make of your choice matching your budget, it is important to ensure that you are not duped and do not end up buying a car that might be a lemon. It is very important to ascertain the drivability and the running condition of the car before you put your money on it. But the question is, what’s the best way to go about that. Here’s an easy guide.
Check the glass panels: Make sure that you check the glass panels carefully. This will ensure that you will spot a crack or damage to the glass, if any. Moreover, even small cracks tend to get bigger with time and will add to the incremental cost.
Suspension is important: Push the car body manually from every corner and see if the car gets back to its original position. This is an easy way to look for sagging ends, before you undertake a test drive.
Check under the hood: The most important car is decidedly what’s under the bonnet of the car. Check the fluid levels and potential leakage. Also check the radiator hoses and ensure they are tightly shut. Also do a visual check of the condition of the brake oil and the coolant. They should not be dirty and heavy.
Check the tyres and lights: That is decidedly the final step. If the tyres do not have proper grip or if the lights do not function correctly, you may need to incur additional cost.
Check the condition of the upholstery: If the upholstery is torn or if there are scratches, it would mean additional cost in enhancing these.
Scratches on the metal: Look for scratch marks on the metallic area and how easily the doors and windows open and close.
See how well the AC functions: This is another crucial factor. If the AC is not functioning properly, it would translate into a fairly large chunk of money to repair it.
Check the mileage and kilometres done: The number of kilometres often indicate both the efficiency and ability of the car over the long run. Check carefully.
Switch on the ignition: Switch on the ignition after this and accelerate the car in static position. Carefully check on any unnatural noise or vibration.
The final step is, of course, taking the car out for a spin. Make sure you check the condition of the brakes and analyse the gear shifting carefully during the text drive.
Watch out for any odd noise or vibrations. This could help you look for any core problems, if at all. Also check the suspension by taking sharp turns and assess the overall feel of the car.
Finally, your used car dealer will have a set of checklists that it keeps a tab on while procuring the car from the owner. It helps to go through that too. The ultimate idea is to make an informed choice and be thorough about what you are buying.