Look under the car
The car may look great all the way around it. A used car can easily be maintained cosmetically, but in order to really know what the car is like, you need to look underneath it. Check to make sure the car is rust free underneath or with minimal rust spots. You also, want to check under the hood. Make sure the engine is clean of rust. It can be dirty just not rusty.
Inspect the Car for Rust
Rust is inevitable in a used car, but you want to be sure there aren’t rust spots in places that are dangerous. Look for rust under the car, around the wheels, and in the engine. Try to find a used car with less rust in those areas.
Check the Mileage
You may not realize it, but mileage plays a key role in how much longer the car has left. If a car has more than 100,000 miles on it, you may have some maintenance that will need to be done soon. Look for cars with lower miles for the best performance.
Take the Car to the Shop
One thing that doesn’t get told to many used car shoppers is that when you take the car on a test drive, you can stop at the shop. You may have to pay to get it looked at, but if there is a serious issue, it is worth it to know before you buy.
Test Drive it on the Highway
You may not realize there is any issue with your vehicle until you take it at high speeds. Before purchasing a used car, it is always a good idea to test drive your vehicle on the highway. Listen for any noises and pay attention to shaking. If you notice a problem, talk to the dealer about it, or take it into the shop before buying.
Don’t Make Impulsive Decisions
Take your time choosing a car. Don’t impulsively buy the first car you like. Test drive several cars, narrow it down, and take time to think about it. If you go home without a car, and it is gone the next day, it wasn’t meant to be.
When you get a new or used car, you want it to be worth the money you spent on it. The folks at Palmer Dodge Georgia want to help answer those questions and get you in the perfect car for you.
What other tips can you give when buying a used car? We would love to know in the comments below!