How do you inspect a used car before buying it?
What are the obvious problems and pitfalls to look out for?
Well there are a lot of different things, but there are a few obvious ones. Try to bring a friend who knows something about cars too. Even if they don't know anything, another set of eyes is always good.
Check under the car right away for puddles of any kind of liquid. Common but sometimes serious leaks are oil (dark brown), transmission (usually red), or coolant (all kinds of colors, mostly blue or green). Stay away from cars with big puddles of any of these.
When you start the car, pay attention to how the car turns over, or starts. It should be smooth and responsive, and you can easily tell if it is not. Ignition and electrical problems can be a real pain.
Also, press down on the gas for a couple of seconds, then get out and check the exhaust. Considerable amounts of oil coming out the exhaust is a huge red flag. Shift the car through all of its gears, and make sure the transition is smooth and natural.
When you're actually driving the car, keep in mind that all cars feel a little different, but some things should never happen. When you have a safe area to drive, usually on a dealer's empty lot, accelerate to like 15 mph then let go of the steering wheel for a few seconds. If the car consistently turns itself one direction or the other, it could be a sign of a serious alignment problem.
Acceleration and braking are pretty unique for each car, so its sometimes hard to nail down symptoms of problems from just one test drive. Try to feel how smooth the car accelerates, especially when changing gears. Brakes should never feel too unresponsive, and if you have to slam on them they are probably too worn out.
Trust your instincts, you can usually tell a good car from a bad one. Don't be afraid to walk away from any used car, there are plenty more out there.
The simple answer is that you don't. Pre-purchase inspections should be performed by trained mechanics who can evaluate a car based on not only the obvious, but also by knowing the particular pitfalls of different models.
Experience working on all makes and models teaches us things about different makes and models that the average Joe is just not going to know.
If you find a car you really have a good feeling about, ask the seller to let you take it or ask that they take it to your mechanic for evaluation.
Expect to pay 100-200 US dollars for a professional evaluation.
by lupine 6 years ago
What are the pros and cons of buying a new car or a used car?Sure we would all like a new car, with all the modern conveniences, but is it worth it? Could we be happy with an older car and not worry so much what it looks like?
by Chitrangada Sharan 6 years ago
Do you get carried away by advertisements or do your own research before buying any product?
by Pixienot 2 years ago
Which is better...buying a used car or a new car?
by Greg Boudonck 10 years ago
Key Items to Look For When Buying a Used Car.
by luse 4 years ago
What is the most important thing to think about when purchasing a used car?
by kishgvr 9 years ago
What are the things to be kept in mind while buying a used car
Copyright © 2019 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
HubPages Inc, a part of Maven Inc.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|