Buying a used car? Check out these must-need features first!
Have you run your car into the ground? If you don’t want to splash out your life’s savings on a brand new car, it’s wise to choose a second-hand car. And while investing in and buying a used car may make you a little hesitant at first, buyers need to be smart in their choices. Used cars that are sold with hidden damages can become costly problems for the unsuspecting buyer.
To avoid purchasing a proverbial lemon here’s what to look for when buying a used car.
Always test drive. It’s always best to take the car for a test drive on both local roads and highways. In different environments, you’re able to get a good feel of how the car responds and performs. Test the brakes and turns on local roads, while testing the engine and speed on the freeway. Make sure to note any unusual engine noises and whether or not all the electronics in the car are working properly.
Examine the interior and exterior. Both the inside and outside condition of the car play a large factor in the car’s value. Check the interior upholstery, along with any repairs to the exterior of the car. Even if the car has a few dents and scratches, don’t be put off making the purchase. However, a dirty and rusted engine can be a strong indication that there may be trouble down the road.
Do a leak test. When you’re out on the test drive, park in a clean area of the road and let the car run for 30 seconds. Then, move the car and do a visible inspection for any leaking substances. Black fluid could be leaked oil, green fluid may indicate a leak in anti-freeze, and pink fluid may indicate a leak in the transmission.
Do your homework. Research reviews on the make and model of the car, along with common problems. While you’re at it, research average prices to make sure that you’re being charged a fair amount.
Check out the Vehicle History Report. A vehicle history report can help you reveal title problems, ownership history, service points, and previous accidents, large or small. These reports can be available from dealers or ordered online.
When you decide on your used car, be sure to secure the right protection! Get started on your tailored policy from the insurance professionals at Chambers & Company Insurance Brokers. We are there to secure the right auto policy and guide you through the claims process.