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Inspect A Used Car Before Buying

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Inspect A Used Car Before Buying

Terry Brown
May 19, 2006

It is important that you inspect a used car before you actually purchase it. You see, when you do like a car because of the facts and information given while it was advertised may not be actually true. Some people who sell their vehicles would often create information about the vehicle even if they are not even actually found on the vehicle itself. So it important that you go through the vehicle and check it out first.

Look at the car’s exterior first. If you notice that the paint is still new, ask when the car was painted. You see, some people when they sell cars actually paint up their vehicles so as to cover up other details like rust beneath. It is also important that you check the bumpers and the wheel wells. When you do that, look for signs of rust, dents, or body fillers. Look for rest most especially the underside. If you see exterior rust, there may be more where you cannot see them.

You should also go through both sides of the car. Check also the front, the rear, and the bottom of the vehicle and be on the alert for any signs of major body repair as well as any inconsistencies. The interior should not be simply taken for granted. Look at the interior and check if there are any damages. The upholstery should be checked for any kind of tear or stain as well as sun damage. Check the overall look of the interior.

Lift up the hood and look at the engine and see if it is clean. Look for rust on the exhaust manifold and oil leaks as well. You should also check the oil on the dipstick. Rub it against your thumb. Now, if you feel small particles in the oil, it probably means that the engine may be already worn or may be experiencing some other problems.

Start the engine and take it for a test drive. Be aware of the performance and the handling of the vehicle. Also make sure that the other features are working like the brakes as well as the vehicle’s lights.

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