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5 Tips for inspecting a used car before you buy

1 Jun , 2017  

If you’re planning on buying a car and are leaning towards the used route, then you’ll definitely find this article handy.

In fact, this write-up might just be the one saving you from a possible scam or a bad purchase.

You see, a majority of used car sellers hide or intentionally omit the faults of their car once they put it up for sale.

Of course, who wouldn’t want to sell their used car at the maximum price possible, right? Even if it means using some underhanded tricks, sellers would want to earn as much profit as they can.

The responsibility for finding the broken parts and glitches falls on the buyer, and this where the haggling starts.

As a buyer, once you find those disadvantages, you would automatically be in the lead position in the negotiation.

You could be amazed by how much you can shave off from the original selling price. And even if you end up finding nothing disadvantageous on the car, it means that the car is in perfect condition and is worth its price.

That in itself is a sign of a good purchase. In order for you to find these disadvantages and earn yourself a good used car, here are 5 useful tips in inspecting the potential used car;




External Inspection

Inspect the exterior of the car like you are inspecting a car at a car show.

Stand at least a metre away from the car and check the paint, the bonnet, the various lights, skirts, front and rear bumpers and other external plastics on the car. The fewer scratches the car has, the better chances of it being well-maintained and looked after.

The wear and tear of the tires is also a good indicator of the car’s condition. In the end, don’t use the exterior of the car as the sole basis, as all of the damage can be easily covered or replaced.




Interior Inspection

After inspecting the exterior, do the same with the interior of the car. From the dashboard to the seat covers and mats.

Take note of the scratches and any discoloration as it can be a good indicator of how it was used. Also, don’t forget to check the dashboard for damage; the air vents, buttons, knobs, and etc.

The mileage in the odometer is also a good indicator of the car’s condition. In most cases, the lesser the mileage is, the better the car is.




Under the bonnet

It’s very important that you check the engine, suspension, oil, batteries and other parts from the under the bonnet of the used car. If you’re not confident in your knowledge towards these things, then you can always ask a trusted mechanic to accompany you and have them assess the condition of the engine and other parts.




Second Opinion

As mentioned in the 3rd tip, try to bring a trusted mechanic along. They can definitely give you assurance and a guarantee to the condition of the car. Furthermore, with their experience and expertise, they would be able to help you in negotiating with the price of the used car.




Explore other options

There are many used cars on the market, so there’s no need for you to rush…this is a mistake many people make.

If you find a good car in your first try, then there’s no reason that you won’t be able to find a better one with a little more searching. Who knows? You might just be able to find a perfectly maintained used car from a seller who’s in a rush!



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