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7 Things to Check When Buying a Used Car

1-    Engine When buying a used car, the first step in the inspection process is the engine. Pop the hood and check the surface of the engine for obvious drips and splatters of fluid. Use the dipstick and bottle increment-marks to check the fluid levels in the oil pan, transmission, radiator, and power steering system. Start the engine to make sure it runs evenly without misfiring or stalling out.

2-    Suspension:  A quick shakedown of the suspension can tell you a lot about the series of interconnected components supporting the vehicle. You can perform the shakedown by grasping either side of one wheel and shaking with all of your might. You should not notice more than a 1/4 inch of side to side or back and forth movement.

3-    Tires: You have to measure the amount of life left in a set of tires by turning it upside. Completely smooth or thoroughly cracked tires should be replaced as that level of neglect indicates the rest of the vehicle hasn’t received attention in a very long time.

4-    Exhaust A car with leaky exhaust will fill the cabin space with noxious odors and make a racket while driving down the road. You can simply peek under the vehicle to note if the exhaust has any large holes or missing sections while you decide to buy a used car. You can have the exhaust system replaced with aftermarket parts, so holes in the muffler or pipes are not necessarily a deal breaker.

5-    Exterior: There are some subtle signs to watch for in the exterior look, like slightly mismatched paint from one panel to another. You can peek down the side of the vehicle to look for waves or indents that indicate previous bodywork.

6-    Interior: At first glance, many automotive interiors look nice enough. Getting into the vehicle, however, is the moment you will realize the real state of the vehicle.  through the seat cushions or upholstery stretching at the seams may indicate that the car is not aging as you initially assumed.

7-    Car license: One of the most important questions to ask when buying a used car ,its importance outweighs all of the other factors. Without a clear data, the vehicle’s value is likely well below the suggested price, Furthermore, you should thoroughly inspect the paperwork to make sure the information on the owner’s official identification card exactly matches the license. No matter how nice the car, always walk away from issues with the car papers. If you do note some physical problems with the vehicle, rate the issue’s severity and determine if you are willing to perform the necessary repairs.

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