Buying a used car can seem confusing, and with so many things to consider, it can also feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to feel that way! Before buying a used car, take some time to check the exterior, interior, and underneath the hood to make sure there aren’t any major problems. Take the car for a test drive to see how it handles on the road.
Most important point, which is last but not least, check the vehicle’s history and negotiate a reasonable price before coming to a final decision.
1. Check-out the Exterior :-
a) Park the car on level ground before checking it out.
b) Look for rust spots, dents, or scratches in the paint job.
c) Pop the trunk of the car to make sure it is still in good condition.
d) Check the tires for wear.
e) Inspect the exhaust system and the undercarriage for rust and damage.
Tip: Use the finger to check the exhaust when the engine is cool. Greasy grime means that there’s an important and possibly costly problem.
f) Avoid cars with frame damage.
2. Looking Under the Hood:-
a) Open the hood of the car and look for signs of damage.
b) Inspect the hoses and belts for damage.
c) Check the engine for leaks and corrosion.
d) Remove the oil cap by unscrewing it.
e) Pull the transmission dipstick to check the fluid.