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Mechanical Checklist To Remember While Buying A Used Car


If you are thinking about purchasing a used car, you know how confusing it can be.With the high price tag of new cars, and the quick depreciation rate of new vehicles, many consumers look for used cars for sale instead. Not only is it a big purchase, but you want a good deal on a safe and reliable vehicle that won't cost a lot of money in repairs.Used cars that are sold with hidden damage may become costly problems for the unsuspecting buyer.

This is even more true if you are considering buying a car for the first time. There are many things to look for when purchasing a used car but one important factor is to give the car a physical check before making your final decision.

Here are Few things you need to do before buying a used car :-



Determine a range of cost :-

Before you even get started, you should decide how much you are willing to spend on the car.Don’t let a pushy salesperson persuade you to extend your budget just to get the vehicle you want. Setting a price range for yourself can also help you narrow your search and negotiate a price you are truly comfortable with. You also should have an idea of how the transaction is going to be financed (e.g., through the car dealership, bank loan, credit union, etc.). Make certain that your cost range includes incidentals such as extra parts, or any possible inspections.

Do a test drive :-

This is perhaps the most important part of buying a used car seeing how the car actually drives. Try to test it in a variety of situations, including on the highway and up and down hills.During driving the car if you can hear any kind of noises, then it never be a good sign for your car. In terms of buying a second hand car you must not careless such noises. If anything seems off to you or even if you find the car uncomfortable don’t be afraid to walk away.

Perform a Leak Test :-
Any car that is leaking fluids is generally a red flag for a needed repair. While you’re on a test drive, take a moment to park in a clean area on the road, and let the car run for at least 30 seconds. Then, move the car and do a visible inspection for any leaking substances. Black fluid might be an indicator of leaking oil, green fluid may indicate a leak in anti-freeze and pink fluid may indicate a leak in the transmission.



Research the vehicle :-
The Internet allows you a great opportunity to find out more about the model of car before you purchase it. Kelly’s Blue Book is an excellent source of information and any consumer boards on the Web can give you an idea of what to look out for in a given model.


Car Paint Condition :-
The very first thing people should check at the body of the car that is there any kind of scratches or not. Often people find that color density is not too high and the total paint glace less that actually it should. Most of the cases it found that cars are repainted and the original paint has been abolish by the sole owner. Several scratches and loose rubber are sign of it. Also, improper spray of car also is a sign that this is not the original painting and must be a used car. So, I recommend to buy a car has really nice painting.



Breaks Condition :-
Check the brakes of the second hand car. Drive the car at 40-50 kmph in an area that has little to no traffic. Be sure to look for any vibration, or any strange and squealing noise from the brake pedal. Brakes that pulsate could also mean that the rotors need replacement.

Tier's Condition :-
This is to justify is the car is really can run few miles over the road.The tires should be worn evenly and they should match. Look at the surface of the tire for feathering (bad alignment). Bad alignment can be caused by worn steering/suspension components, the pothole down the street or frame damage.

Filters Condition :-
Check all the filters of the second-hand car, and get them changed if possible. All filters (air, fuel, transmission, oil) need regular cleaning and oiling. Failing to do this can affect the performance of the car significantly. If nothing else, this is a quick judge of how well the car has been maintained.


Car’s Exterior and Interior Condition :-
Both the inside and outside condition of the car may play a large role in the value. Make sure to check the interior upholstery carefully, along with any repairs to the exterior of the car. That’s not to say you shouldn’t purchase a car that has been in a minor fender-bender, but you’ll want to make sure the exterior was repaired professionally and that the results are barely visible to the eye. Always open the hood and take a good look at the engine and parts. Dirty and rusted parts can be a strong indication that there may be trouble down the road.

Car Paint Condition :-
The very first thing people should check at the body of the car that is there any kind of scratches or not. Often people find that color density is not too high and the total paint glace less that actually it should. Most of the cases it found that cars are repainted and the original paint has been abolish by the sole owner. Several scratches and loose rubber are sign of it. Also, improper spray of car also is a sign that this is not the original painting and must be a used car. So, I recommend to buy a car has really nice painting.



Frame Damage's :-
Check the saddle (connects the front fenders and holds the top of the radiator). It may be welded or bolted in. Inspect the bolt heads at the top of the fenders inside the hood; scratch marks indicates that the fenders have been replaced or realigned (after a crash).

Avoid Night :-
Don’t buy a second hand car at night. Because of during the presence of sunlight you can easily find the flaws and can carefully checking all the necessary things you should look over there for used car, what you never can do fully at night.


Hood Condition :-
Check under the hood for signs of damage, dents or rust – they are signs of a poorly maintained car or a prior damaged one.

Check transmission fluid and Engine Oil :-
Carefully check the level of fluid, oil color etc.The engine oil must be carefully check before buying a used car. The liquid should be reddish and it is not so bad to have a deep smell of it to make sure it is not burn.



Don't Forget ask Car Insurance and Validate Ownership :-
Check the existing insurance papers of the second hand car you are going to buy. You will be able to indicate if the car has had any accidents or claims related to those.When buying a used car from an individual, remember that you'll need to be insured before you drive it.Also make sure that whoever is selling the car to you is in fact the real owner.Check if the engine number and chassis no. match the number in the registration papers before you buy second hand car.

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