If you are planning on buying a used car it helps to be prepared so take a look at this list of top things to look for when buying a used car.
1. Inspect the exterior of the vehicle.
Look at the condition of the paint. If you notice that it could be new paint, this is a clue that the vehicle might have been in an accident. Which is not such a good thing.
When inspecting the exterior look to see if the vehicle is leveled. If it looks like it sags to one side it could mean the frame or springs are damaged.
2. Inspect the tires
Check the tires, see if their in good condition and inflated.
3. Inspect Lights
Check to see if all the lights, blinkers and tail lights all work and are not damaged.
4. Inspect Brakes
If it is possible examine the brake discs to see if they are worn out or out of shape.
5. Inspect Mirrors and Windows
Finally take a look at the mirrors and windows to make sure there are no cracks or chips.
6. Check for unpleasant odors
First off, check to see if there are any unusually odors. It might be hard to remove an unpleasant smells.
7. Check for stains or tares in the seats
Look at the condition of the seats and carpet. look at how stained or well kept it is.
8. Inspect Controls
Finally check to see if all the mechanical controls are working. Check the seats, windows, radio, windshield wiper and seat belt controls, you want to make sure that everything works and is in good condition.
Hood and Trunk
9. Inspect the trunk
The trunk is also something that you should take a look at. It is probably the most over looked. You should check for any signs of rust or water due to cracks or holes. Also while you are in the trunk examine the spare wheel.
10. Inspect the engine
The last but not least is checking under the hood. Even if you don’t know very much about what’s under the hood you should still be able to check for signs of damage, like rust or dents. You can always have a mechanic come and inspect under the hood if necessary.
11. Take it for a test drive
If it all seems to look good then take it for a test drive. Pay attention to how it handles on the road and how it sounds. Make sure you feel comfortable and safe while driving the vehicle.
Don’t buy the car if you hear any unusually noises, that is never a good sign. There are many options out there so you don’t need to settle for anything. And one more thing don’t settle for the first car you find, look around before you make a decision.