What to check for when buying a used car

If you don’t have enough money to purchase a new car. Purchasing a used car outright may be a good option. However, you should be much more careful when making a purchase for a used car. Buying a used car comes with the high risk of unexpected repairs which may not be economical for you in the long run.

Make sure you buy a car you can afford and save money for minor repairs.

It is cheaper to buy a used car from the owner than from a car dealer.

Carefully check for these things in a used car before you buy;

  1. Start the car and listen to sound of the engine. Confirm that the engine sound is smooth and white or black smoke is not coming out of the exhausts.
  2. Check underneath the car for any sign of oil leakage be it engine or transmission oil leakage. Oil leakage can be a sign of minor or major problem.
  3. Check all the car safety features, such as brakes, headlights, indicator lights, horns, and wipers and so on.
  4. Test drive the car and check out the performance of brakes, gears, steering, suspension, shock absorbers. Also drive the car up a hill and note its performance.
  5. You must confirm that the car engine and transmission are in good condition as these are the most expensive parts of the car to replace.
  6. If car engine is emitting black smoke, strongly consider not buying the car.
  7. Check that the car interior is not too worn out.
  8. If you decide to buy the car, make sure you collect all documents relating to the car from the owner, make sure you confirm the real ownership of the car.
  9. You can also check the vehicle history report using the car’s VIN. VIN is the car’s unique vehicle identification number usually located in a metal strip on the dashboard or the driver side door. note that VIN is the same as FRAME or CHASSIS number.You can check your car history at websites such as carfax.com or autocheck.com.

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