Whenever you are investing money in an asset especially a long term asset you try to make sure that the investment is worth it. Buying a car especially a used one is quite a challenging experience, therefore before making a deal you should definitely give it a check to make sure you are not being played with and the car that you get should be worth your money. Here are some tips for you to go through before buying a used car.
Physical appearance and car’s form:
Before starting to check for these make sure that the car is on level ground so that you can easily examine everything. If the car is properly flat on the ground it means that nothing is sagging. Apart from that take a look round the car. Don’t be shy or worry if it looks awkward to seller because you are investing money and you have the right to make sure everything is as it should be. Proper lights, roof, no dents etc. ensure that the physical appearance of the car is fine. If you run your finger along the edges of joints between panels and feel roughness it indicates marks left from masking tape. When buying a used car seller may tell you about the problems with the car and then propose recheck them and be sure that those problems are only to the extent as told by seller and no more.
Checking trunks and tires:
Looking at the condition of trunk you can judge how the car has been used. Clean trunk is definitely a good sign. You should look for rust and wet spots because if present it means that the water is getting it from holes or cracks. Moreover, the tires should not have bad alignment and should be worn evenly. Bad alignment is caused by bumping of the car in street potholes or anything that causes the damage of frame.
What to do when frame damaged:
It is an advice that you should never buy a car with damaged frame. To make sure fenders have not been refitted or replaced after any mishap check the saddle it connects front fenders and top of radiator, inspect bolts and heads and look for scratches if you find any that is not a good sign.
Inspecting some more:
Take a car to a mechanic or if tools available at home then raise the car and get under it to examine the body underneath and exhaust system. Black spots mean that there is leakage and if you find grease on your finger when checking the exhaust then turn on the car, if you see white vapors that isn’t a good sign either.
Making use of VHR (Vehicle History Report):
You can make use of VHR as well, it tells you the initial and present details of the car, it is charged but you can get a limited version for free as well. This reports tells the ownership and repair history of the vehicle.