(Posted on Mar 17, 2017 at 09:47AM by Laurel Steele)
Inspecting a used car can be pretty overwhelming. You don’t want to invest your hard-earned money only to discover pre-existing problems down the road. Don’t worry. There are some easy inspection steps you can follow when checking out your potential new-to-you ride. Watch the video below to see some helpful tips for inspecting a used vehicle.
Make sure you bring a few handy materials with you on your test driving adventure. Simple items like paper for notetaking, an MP3 player/smartphone to test syncing capabilities, and a flashlight to check darker corners can make a big difference. It also helps to view the car when the sun is shining, as you’ll be able to spot paint chipping, rust, and minor dents much more easily.
Now, it’s time to look at the vehicle’s underbelly to check for dents and rust. Even though you wouldn’t see it on a daily basis, these things can cause problems for you in the future. Pop the hood and keep an eye out for color and metallic differences. Inspect the belt to make sure it doesn’t have any major defects or extreme wear. Also, check fluid levels for the coolant, engine oil, and brake fluid.
Give the driver’s seat a thorough look over for surface damage. Sit down and assess your comfort level, as well as the seat’s maneuverability. Once you’re nice and cozy, test out all of the equipment within arm’s reach. That includes the lights, steering wheel, stereo, AC, and horn. You should also make sure to double check the meter reading.