If you’re looking to purchase a used car or truck, you want to make sure you get it at a price that will be profitable. It is also super important to make sure that the same vehicle is registrable and inspect-able. If you’re worried that you aren’t sure how to do either of the above, don’t fret. We’re here to give you some super simple tips on what to look for when buying a used car, including checking for important things like the engine and transmission, inspecting your fluids, inspecting the body for rest or checking for damage from an accident.
Things to look for when buying a used car
Once you get in touch with the seller, make sure you get a nice, clean title and not a salvage title. Make sure the spots on the back of the title hasn’t been refilled or filled out incorrectly since you won’t be able to register your vehicle if the title is not clean.
Running a Carfax
It’s always a good idea to run a carfax on the vehicle, especially if you’re spending more than $1000 on the used car. A Carfax will provide you with a service history of your vehicle which essentially gives you information if the car has been in any accidents before it got to the dealership.
Before you go and book your used car, you must have a fair idea of what the car is valued at, just so you know that you’re getting a good deal on the car or not.
Once you have your heart set on a used car of your liking, you must do a thorough inspection. Start by turning on the ignition and pay attention to any odd sounds it may make like knocking, clicking, grinding, moaning. You must also check the air conditioning since that could cost you a lot in repairs, in case it is faulty. This will also help you negotiate the price of the vehicle. Next, you must inspect the gauges. Make sure to check engine lights, ABS light, and the airbag lights and also check if the IR gauges are working properly or not.
In case your used vehicle has to go through an admissions inspection, you should ideally hook a little scan tool up to the OBD2 connector located under the dash. It will tell you if the vehicle has any pending codes, stored codes and if the monitors have been set. If the monitors haven’t been set, this means that somebody has cleared the check engine light, which could mean that there is an underlying problem which the previous seller is trying to cover up.
Check Under the Hood
Do a visual inspection of all the hoses as well as the general condition of the vehicle. If the sight doesn’t look like it has recently been cleaned, that is a good sign, since you’ll easily be able to identify any leaks or problems. Pull the cap off first and check for any kind of blow-by or sludge. If you see a milky-foamy substance, it could be a cause of concern. Make sure the engine runs long enough to get to the operating temperature to make sure there are no overheating problems.
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