Buying a Used Car and The Important Check List
It is very exciting setting out to purchase a new/used car. There are the dreamy pictures of the ideal car, the colour, the interior fabric, the shape and model, etc. However, on arrival at the used car lot the pretty imaginary picture seems to dissipate and the area now becomes a mine field full of questions. There is a lot to consider before signing the cheque and reaching for that new set of keys.
On Finding the Dream Car
So now that the dream car has emerged from the hundreds of other hopefuls, it is time to start taking this project seriously. What to look out for, after all it is second hand. It looks great on the outside, all shiny, it even looks brand new. Well unless the car is being inspected by a trained mechanic then some help is needed to make sure it will do as stated.
Important Things to Check
Whether you are looking for your new set of wheels online or at a car dealership be sure to have a list of the essential checking points:
Check the car’s mileage. The usual mileage per year is 10,000 miles so if the odometer has a different reading find out why. If the answer to this doesn’t make sense tread carefully. Another safeguard here is the mileage at the time of the last service.
- Check the overall condition of the car. Look for dents or scratches all over the car and underneath also. It will be noticeable if there have been repairs due to a crash. At times these repairs are done so well that they are not noticeable to the amateur, however if there has been serious bodywork done it will be obvious. Sometimes, after a bad crash, parts from two different cars are welded together, this is something that can be seen if a little research is undertaken on where to look.
- Check the oil to make sure the level is correct and while under the bonnet look at the engine for any signs of water or oil leaks. Also, look underneath the car for signs of leakage.
- Test everything. This includes the radio, cd or any other gadgets. The interior lights also. Make sure all the windows work.
- Check that the outside lights are all working properly and that the tyres are in good condition.
Take your dream car for a drive and make sure everything is in good working order with no strange sounds. Most of all make sure it’s a nice drive and it feels safe. The gut feeling is usually a good instinct to go on as long as all the other essential checks have taken place.