Buying a new car can be a whole lot cheaper than buying a new one. But what are some things that you should probably do to make sure you get a quality vehicle? If you don’t have time to take it to a mechanic, here are some things to check yourself when shopping for a used car.
You’ll want to make sure that the car you are looking at doesn’t leak. Find a clean spot on the lot, road, or take some stain-free cardboard to stick under the length of your car, then let the car run for about a minute. Move the car, and then check underneath where it was parked. If you see any fluid that wasn’t there before, the car has a leak. Generally, you’ll want to watch out for pink, green/blue, or pink spots.
Even if you don’t know anything about the car’s engine, you should still pop open the hood. Check for any parts that look rusted. Even if the car is currently running just fine, if there are any parts rusted, you could have issues later.
Make sure you know what you are buying. Research the model of the vehicle. What are the common complaints people have about that specific car? How about the brand? Certain brands can have different reputations on whether they are reliable or not. Double check the certified pre-owned vehicles to make sure there isn’t one you’d prefer over a used car.
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What is a certified pre-owned car?
Certified pre-owned vehicles have passed certain requirements and tests to make sure the vehicle is safe to drive, helping reduce the complications that can crop up with used vehicles. Basically, someone has already done some of the checks you need to perform when shopping for a used vehicle. They tend to be a bit more expensive than used vehicles, but the common dangers of buying a used car are reduced when you pick a certified pre-owned car instead.
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