If you are shopping for a vehicle, you should know what to look for when buying a used car. This kind of knowledge can help you avoid mistakes and allow you to find a worthy automobile. At first glance all used cars at a dealership will look good but there are tiny hints that may indicate that something is wrong.
There may be many defects and damages that you cannot see from the outside of the car. If you find out how to detect defective or previously damaged vehicles, you can make a better choice before paying for an automobile. You should also gauge the costs of repairs in case you find defective units. If the damages are too much, you should just search for a different automobile.
When you are checking out some cars at a used car dealer, request for the car history records of the units that you are interested in. Pay for the report if you have to because it may be a small price to pay compared to major vehicle repairs later on. History records can tell you if the vehicle has been damaged in a flood, crash or other problems.
Typically, vehicles of the same make and model will have similar problems. Identify these common defects and try to spot them when you window shop for used vehicles. You can also find out common automobile defects through online reviews made by other people who own the same car you want to buy.
Inspect bodywork for a smooth and even paint finish. Any inconsistency on shade or color may be a sign that the vehicle had been through damage, repaired and then repainted in the damaged section. Check the rubber seals in the doors and trunk for paint. This will mean that the automobile was spray repainted to cover up damage.
Check the gaps between the panels like the doors. Larger gaps in some places will indicate that the vehicle has been in an accident. Signs that a car was in a crash are mismatched lights. One light may be more faded than the other. The side with the newer looking headlight or taillight was probably damaged in an accident.
Test drive the vehicle and observe for foul smelling exhaust or black smoke, this is a sure sign that the engine is not in good running condition. So now that you know what to look for when buying a used car, you should be able to make a better decision. Buy the vehicle with the least hidden defects and problems.