5 things to keep in mind when buying a used car

If you are buying a new car, please go to this list o’ 5: http://goo.gl/fyY10Q. Used cars may be an attractive option because of their affordability. This list o’ 5 has some pointers to keep in mind when buying a used car. Read on to find out those 5 points.

  1. Know who you are buying from: Buying from a reputed used car dealer, or a trusted peer is always a good idea. Why? Used cars are notorious for lack of clarity in any mechanical issues. You wouldn’t know (if you weren’t a mechanic) what mechanical issues the car was facing. Buying your car from someone reputable/trustworthy will ensure that he/she does not try to sell you a lemon instead of a car;
  2. Check for rusty spots: If you find rust anywhere on the car’s body, then that means the car has not been garaged well enough during its usage. Rusting body means it will deteriorate furthermore (rust eats metal faster once it appears on the metal). So if you see rust, you will be better off not to buy such a car;
  3. Hear for any squeaky wheels/brakes: When you take the car for a test drive, listen carefully for any squeaky brakes (the sound will be long whistling sounds). You may face some heavy expenses to replace old brakes or align wheels of the car correctly (which could be the issue too);
  4. Pop that hood!: Look for signs of any duplicate/cheap substitute parts in the engine, if you can spot them out. Replacing authentic parts with cheaper options may seem attractive in the short run because of lower costs, but it may end up being more expensive in the long run. Also, look for any signs of engine damage through rust, wear and tear, etc.;
  5. Check vehicle history yourself: Check to see if the vehicle has any pending loans from the previous owner, or any pending tickets/cases against the owner for any incidents of disobedience of road laws. You do not want creditors or lawmen chasing you once you have purchased this car for something that was done by the previous owner.

Drive safe, and thank you for reading!

If you are buying a new car, please go to this list o’ 5: http://goo.gl/fyY10Q. Used cars may be an attractive option because of their affordability. This list o’ 5 has some pointers to keep in mind when buying a used car. Read on to find out those 5 points.

  1. Know who you are buying from: Buying from a reputed used car dealer, or a trusted peer is always a good idea. Why? Used cars are notorious for lack of clarity in any mechanical issues. You wouldn’t know (if you weren’t a mechanic) what mechanical issues the car was facing. Buying your car from someone reputable/trustworthy will ensure that he/she does not try to sell you a lemon instead of a car;
  2. Check for rusty spots: If you find rust anywhere on the car’s body, then that means the car has not been garaged well enough during its usage. Rusting body means it will deteriorate furthermore (rust eats metal faster once it appears on the metal). So if you see rust, you will be better off not to buy such a car;
  3. Hear for any squeaky wheels/brakes: When you take the car for a test drive, listen carefully for any squeaky brakes (the sound will be long whistling sounds). You may face some heavy expenses to replace old brakes or align wheels of the car correctly (which could be the issue too);
  4. Pop that hood!: Look for signs of any duplicate/cheap substitute parts in the engine, if you can spot them out. Replacing authentic parts with cheaper options may seem attractive in the short run because of lower costs, but it may end up being more expensive in the long run. Also, look for any signs of engine damage through rust, wear and tear, etc.;
  5. Check vehicle history yourself: Check to see if the vehicle has any pending loans from the previous owner, or any pending tickets/cases against the owner for any incidents of disobedience of road laws. You do not want creditors or lawmen chasing you once you have purchased this car for something that was done by the previous owner.

Drive safe, and thank you for reading!

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