Used car buying tips

Hello, Richard here, I have been dealing with used cars for eleven years and today I would like to talk to you about what to look for when you buy a used car. What to look for when buying a used car. One thing you need to look for before you even waste your time driving the car or wondering how the car was taken care of, get a carfax on it.

Get some kind of history on that vehicle that is third party. That you can count on, no one else that has any involvement in the vehicle itself has anything to do with. Look at the inside of the vehicle make sure it’s not an inordinate amount of wear and tear on it Make sure that they detailed the vehicle and that they brought it up to standards that you would want in your vehicle.

Go to the hood. Lift the hood and look underneath. Is the engine clean? Did they take the time to make sure that they cleaned up everything in there? Battery terminals look ok? Check the oil, does it look clean? Does it smell burnt? If it does, you might want to pass on that vehicle. Check the tires out. Make sure the tires have tread on them and a good amount of tread too. Not down to the tread bars. Every tire has a tread bar on it so you can check it just by putting your finger down on it to see how close it is.

At the back of the car you run your finger right under the tailpipe and if your finger comes out nice and black and dirty, you have a healthy engine. If it comes out white or green, you might want to pass, there could be a better vehicle out there for you. Now you’re ready for your test drive. When you get into your test drive, make sure you don’t just do the industry standard of right turns only. Drive the vehicle the way you’re going to use the vehicle. That’s the only way to figure out if the car is right for you. Make sure it has the amenities you need. Check all the buttons and bells and whistles on it, is that what you want? Does it have the power you need? When you are driving down the road does it pull to one side or the other? These are things you need to check. When you apply the break, make sure it’s not pulsating. That can be a sign that you have a break job on the horizon and there is no reason to buy a car that is going to give you those kind of problems right off.

Bring the car back in, talk to the sales person about what they know about the vehicle. Also talk to them about what they do to the vehicles when they bring them in. Ask him to be definitive about what they do with their cars. They should be able to show you a report about it. Remember, when you buy a used car, somebody else has taken the hit for the depreciation. As long as you follow these points, you can limit your risk on buying a used car.