Strategies for Buying a Used Car
If you take your time to carry out an inspection plus research a vehicle’s history, buying a used car can be rewarding and cost-effective.
Inspect the exterior
Look for rust, offset doors and fenders, cracks and differences in paint color.
Check the interior
Inspect the interior for wear and tear and water damage and check the odometer – if it shows low mileage but the inside of the car is disheveled, the car may not be what it appears to be.
Look at the engine
Make sure the coolant is clear and the oil, transmission fluid and brake fluid are all the correct colors.
Request a Vehicle History Report, repair invoices and receipts, and registration information and be aware of all new parts.
Don’t rush the purchase
Take your time inspecting the vehicle and getting the necessary information. You don’t want to regret a quick decision.
Don’t buy unseen
Always physically see the car before purchasing – pictures can be misleading.
Don’t listen to music
When test driving the car, make sure you don’t have the stereo on – music can mask suspicious noises and rattles in the car.
Don’t ignore your instincts
If it feels wrong, don’t be afraid to walk away – trust yourself, as there will always be another car out there for you.
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