Many people think that buying a used car is like throwing the money away into the drain. But, it’s not true. If you inspect the pre-owned cars thoroughly, you can get the car of your dreams. For that, you should know how to perform the inspection in a proper way. While going for inspection, you can take someone with you who is expert in this or already own a used car. You should be aware of certain rules and guidelines, so that you don’t get deceived by the company you have selected.
When you are approaching the car you intend to buy for the first time, have a look at it from at least a few kilometers away. Walk around it to find out whether it is bent.
Look for the dents, cracked windows and any difference in the color. If you find any of these three things, better you skip the idea of buying that car.
Inspect the shock absorbers, tires, and the rusty parts of the exhaust system.
Sometimes, though the car looks absolutely fine from outside, it may have leaks, which are very hard to detect. To check whether the car has any such leakages, you should look under the car. Any type of fluid leaks and leakages in the fuel tank can be very disturbing.
You don’t have to worry about a little bit of rust as it is normal when you are going to buy a used car. But, if you find that the metal parts of the car is rotting away, then the car will not last for a long time.
Hold the tires and shake them both in horizontal and vertical direction. If you notice that there’s play, then it indicates that the car required steering and wheel bearing parts urgently. The repairing can be bit pricey but these parts worn out automatically after sometime. So, if the car is in good condition otherwise, you shouldn’t retrace your steps from buying the parts.
You should also check the condition under the hood. Open it and find out whether it has any rough stains of oil. Check especially the joining parts of the engines.
Find out the condition of the head gasket. If it is damaged, then you will have to spend huge bucks in replacing it. Moreover, if the surrounding area has residue and water leakage, you should give up your thought of purchasing it.
Make certain the dipstick of the oil is not overly filled. At the same time, it shouldn’t be overly low too. Both the cases are an indicator of the fact that the owner hasn’t maintained his car properly. The oil dipstick should be free from the water bubbles. The presence of water bubbles show that the head gasket is damaged.