How to inspect a used car: Toyota of Clermont tips
Do you know how to properly inspect a used car before you buy it?
Buying a used car is a little more nerve-wracking than purchasing new. After all, a used vehicle has a history, may have been in an accident, and may have had more than one owner (and a less-than-stellar maintenance record). However, if you know how to thoroughly inspect a used vehicle before you buy, you can save yourself a lot of time, stress, and money. Toyota of Clermont is here with tips to help you inspect a used vehicle like a pro.
Learn how to inspect a used car
Exterior: The exterior is the first part of the car you’ll encounter; make sure to do your inspection in daylight on a flat surface. Here are the main things to check on the used car in question.
- Tires: Are the tires in good condition? Check for bubbles, blisters, physical damage, and the tread depth to ensure you won’t have to replace them anytime soon. Also, ensure the wear on the tires is even – this means they’ve been rotated and the car hasn’t been driven too hard. While you’re checking the tires, take a peek under the car to look for any evidence of leaks.
- Body: The body of the car should be free from mismatched paint, gaps between panels, and rust – all of which can indicate a previous accident and future repairs.
- Lights: Do all of the lights work? Make sure the lenses aren’t foggy or broken.
- Glass: All of the glass in the vehicle should be free from chips and cracks. If you see any, negotiate it that the seller’s insurance has to fix it before you buy the car.
- Suspension: Give each corner of the car a good bounce – it should only bounce once and then go still again. If it bounces numerous times, the suspension isn’t in great shape.
Interior: Next, check out the interior. Here are the main points you’ll want to hit – and always be sure to check for water damage.
- Buttons and switches: Do all of the buttons and switches in the car work? Be sure to test out the radio and all components of the audio system, as well as the air-conditioning. Don’t forget to check the power seats, too, and any other knobs, buttons, levers, or switches.
- Smells: How does the interior smell? Look out for air fresheners, which could be masking an odor. Be sure to keep your nose tuned for mold and mildew, especially in the trunk of the car and along the floorboards. Smells can be hard to get rid of, so buyer beware.
- Upholstery and carpet: Check the upholstery on the seats and the carpet/mats to ensure they don’t have any large stains, rips, or other physical damage. It may be aesthetic, but you can see if the seller will negotiate.
- Headliner: Make sure the roof headliner is in good shape and is still attached to the roof, not sagging.
Under the hood: Not confident about your mechanical knowledge? Turn the car on and use your senses. If anything smells, sounds, or looks odd, question it. You should also take a test drive to ensure the vehicle performs well. If you still have your doubts, bring the vehicle to an independent mechanic to have it checked out.
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