When an individual is in need of a new vehicle, they could find the benefits of purchasing a used vehicle to work well with their situation. Since they are used vehicles, there are certain things a person should check before they consider buying one. Being able to spot any possible issues as well as knowing if a used vehicle is reliable, can save someone a lot of problems and expense in the future.
It is important a person learn about the reliability record of the make and model of vehicles they are considering purchasing. Research has shown when people know the reliability history of vehicles; it helps narrow the list of vehicle they would consider purchasing. Car dealers are required by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to post a Buyer’s Guide on any vehicle provided for purchase. The guide must contain specific information such as if the vehicle comes with a warranty or is sold “as is” and more.
It’s important to open the door of the vehicle and get a sense of the smell of the interior before going any further. Should there be odors of mildew, must or mold; this may be a sign of water leakage. Inspect under floor mats and check for wet spots. If the previous owner was a smoker, it would have an acrid odor. There are certain odors in a used vehicle that can be almost impossible to eliminate.
It is recommended a person carefully inspect each body panel of a vehicle and its roof. They should be looking for dents, scratches as well as rust. The lines of the doors and fenders need to be carefully examined. Should a vehicle’s panels have large gaps between them or be misaligned, it could be a sign of a bad repair or poor assembly when being manufactured. It’s also important to make certain the color of paint and finish is identical on every panel on the vehicle. Should a consumer suspect a part has a dent filled with body filler, they can put a magnet next to it. If the magnet doesn’t stick, it’s body filler. Cosmetic damage is usually not a problem, but rust is a real concern. A person may want to bring a flashlight and carefully inspect a vehicle all over for signs of rust.
Should a person identify a vehicle with frame damage, it shows the vehicle was in a major accident. This is cause for concern. If the frame damage has been properly repaired, there is no problem. Should it have been done incorrectly; the wheels on the vehicle may not track properly. This will result in a vehicle pulling to one side as it is being driven. When this happens, tire damage will likely occur.
Experts recommend people avoid a vehicle that has under 20,000 miles on its odometer but has new tires. A vehicle with low miles should have its original tires. It’s a sign the odometer could have been rolled back. A consumer should make certain all four of a vehicle’s tires are the same. A different set of tires on the front or back could indicate they’ve been replaced. The tread wear on a tire needs to be evenly spaced across the width of the tread. If the tires on the vehicle have not been regularly rotated, there will be more severe wear on the drive wheels. An aggressive driver will put significant wear on the outside of a vehicle’s front tires. This could be an indication of other possible problems with the vehicle.
The amount of rubber on the gas, brake or clutch pedals could be an indication of the level of a vehicle’s use. A vehicle with low miles should not have too much wear on its pedals. When the rubber of a pedal is worn in spots, it is a strong indication the vehicle has been driven for a significant amount of miles.
It is also recommended a consumer take a vehicle to a shop capable of doing advanced diagnostic work. An individual paying for the inspection needs to request a detailed report upon completion of the inspection.
It may not be possible to detect every flaw present in a used vehicle. When a consumer is willing to follow certain steps during the buying the process; the chances of getting a flawed vehicle decreases significantly. A vehicle is such a major financial investment. Consumers must realize investing time and money for an inspection could benefit them financially and in many other ways in the future.