Important Used Car Check List

If you are thinking about buying a used car,  There are so many things to consider that it can be a daunting experience. This is even more true if you are considering buying a car for the first time. There are many things to look for when purchasing a used car but one important factor is to give the car a physical check before making your final decision. Here, then, are a few general pointers on how to physically check out a used car before you buy it.

Make sure that the car is on level ground before checking it out. This is to ensure that you will be able to clearly check the tires and to see if there is anything sagging on the car.

Never buy a car with any frame Check the front slam panel which connects the front fenders and holds the top of the radiator, this will be bolted in so if you see any welding there its a clear sign of an accident. Inspect the bolt heads at the top of the fenders inside the bonnet; scratch marks indicates that a fender has been replaced. Look for welds inside the door jambs too.

The tires should be worn evenly and they should match. Look at the surface of the tire for feathering (bad alignment). Bad alignment can be caused by worn steering/suspension components, the pothole down the street or frame damage. Also check the spare tire and compare the tread to the other tires if it is a full spare.

Trunk Check:
It should not show any sign of rust, or water entry due to cracks or holes. Wear inside of the trunk indicates usage of the car.

March 12, 2015

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