Check Before You Buy: Used Car Inspections

Car insurance5 Things To Check Before Purchasing A Used Car

Used cars can be a great way to get the car you want for a price that won’t break the bank. Before you make any final decisions or commitments, you should have the car inspected to make sure you do not encounter any surprises down the line. Here are 5 things to inspect before you buy that used car.

  • Check the paint: Look carefully for dents, scratches, rust, and various signs of a recent paint job. If you notice waves in the vehicles paint, chances are it has been repainted. Take your time, because a keen eye is key. If you see any telltale signs, ask the car dealer or owner what required the paint job.
  • Check the belts: Open the hood and make sure that there are no issues like cracks in any of the various hoses and belts. If something looks iffy, you should ask the owner or dealer if and when it was replaced.
  • Check the tires: Having to replace 4 tires on a vehicle you just bought can be expensive and frustrating. Save yourself the time and money by taking the time to inspect the tires on the car you are looking at. Check the quality of the tires and make sure there is sufficient tread by using the penny trick. If you have concerns, have your mechanic take a closer look.
  • Check the air conditioning: Making sure the air is running properly now can save you when summer hits.
  • Check the brakes: This is one of the most important things to check when inspecting a used car. When you test-drive the car, test out the brakes to make sure they work well at different speeds and in different scenarios. When in doubt ask the dealer or seller when the brakes were last replaced.

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