So you have come up with a budget that you are comfortable with and even gotten a car you love. This is great. Before you seal the deal, you need to inspect it to make sure you are not getting a raw deal. This is all the more important if you will be buying from a private seller. The safest way to go about the inspection is to have your trusted mechanic have a look at it. But if this is not a luxury you can afford, below are some tips to guide you on how to do it yourself.
Look for Rust under the Car
A car that has a rusted frame is bound to have lots of structural issues. Sure you could opt to repair the damage, but be aware it will cost you a lot and eat up most of your time. You are better off choosing another car.
Check the Wheels and Tires
Ideally, tires wear out evenly. If you notice any unevenness, it could be a sign that the car's suspension system is uneven.
Check to see if there is any part of the car’s body with paint shade that does not match the rest. This could be a sign that the body has been damaged. You should, however, ask the reason the paint job was done as there are also chances it could have been done to pimp the car.
You obviously want to have a car with an attractive interior. Given that there are individuals who tamper with the odometer, you should be keen to check the mileage and compare it to the overall wear and tear on the interior and tires as well.
Check under the Hood
If you notice the bolts are smooth on the edges, it could mean that the repair work done was shoddy. On the other hand, if you notice the engine features new spark plugs, it is an indication of regular tune-up and maintenance.
Take it for a Test Drive
Before you make the purchase, take it out for a drive. Feel how it responds to you. If it is sluggish, there is a problem. Below are some tips and practices to make your test drive fruitful.
Drive the car cold. You will learn more from a cold engine than a warm one.
Take your car for a test drive on your usual route or one similar to it. Cars always feel great in neighborhoods streets but perform differently on expressways. Mix things up. Do the freeway, rural roads, parking lots and city streets.
Note how the car reacts when you turn the ignition key. Does the engine make weird noises and does it start easily?
Be sure also to check on the controls, transmissions, and brakes.
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