When buying a used car, there is often doubt about the condition of the car. The car may look perfect from the outside, but there may be some hidden flaws that won’t show up until you’ve bought the car. There is, however, a way to make sure you don’t make a purchase that you’ll regret later on. A simple inspection is all you need to discover these hidden flaws and you can do it this inspection yourself when you are about to buy a used car.
The exterior of the car is where first impressions are made. A quick look around the car should give you an indication of how the car was driven and how well it was maintained by the previous owner. If there are too many scratches and dents you can be sure that there may be deeper mechanical faults in the car. However, if the car is completely free of exterior blemishes then it could indicate one of two things. The car hasn’t been driven by the current owner, which could mean that there is some mechanical fault in the car that has prevented the car from running. On the other hand, a lack of any exterior defects could indicate that the car has been in an accident of some kind which required extensive repair. For used cars, a minor presence of scratches is acceptable as it shows that the cars has been driven normally and the scratches are indicative of day-to-day wear.
The interior of the car is where you will be spending a lot of your time. While a well-maintained interior is something you should look for, be aware of interiors that look as good as new. Interiors that have seen use should have some wear on them and an interior that looks new could be indicative of the seats and seat coverings being replaced by the current owner. In that case, you should ask the reason for the replacement.
You should also do a quick check of the electronic functioning of the car. This means that you should check if the dashboard is displaying the correct information such as the warning lights. Also make sure the central console functions as intended such as the air conditioner, entertainment system, and the electric socket. It is here that you will notice some flaws, which may lead to excessive repair costs in the future.
The Technical Bits
The components of the car should be checked by a trained mechanic, but if you can’t get one, there are some checks you can make that could help you get a better understanding of any future costs that you may incur. The engine compartment is where you’ll be making most of your checks. Check the oil levels to make sure the car’s fluids have been replaced periodically. Next look at the pipes and wires that are visible in the compartment and check for any leaks or tears in these. Finally check the condition of the belts in the engine compartment. These should not be excessively worn out or damaged.