So, you have settled all-important question on whether you must buy the new car or used car. Purchasing used car will be the best way of getting on a road without any hefty cost tag of the new vehicle. Below checklist outlines on what you must look for when you are shopping for the used cars Fresno through the dealer or private seller so you will make the right purchase with complete peace of mind.
Get all the information possible from your current owner and do your research. Running VIN (or vehicle identification number) by the paid service can you if that car is in any accident, if there’re any liens, and there are recalls on this model.
Paint damage or rust
Take a look around a car & keep eye out for rusty spots and paint chips. Small and localized rust patches are not necessarily the deal breaker as they will be fixed quite easily. Suppose there are the places where metal is rusted through, you have to reconsider your purchase.
When you are walking around the car, you must look for the problems with frame. Is car sitting on the level ground? Or is there something hanging from undercarriage? Pay attention to bumpers & look inside its trunk & hood for the new bolts and warping that can indicate the recent accident.
Under the hood
Engine is an important part of a car. With car turned off, visually inspect the car engine for: corrosion, fluid leaks, and cracked hoses & belts. Check oil & transmission dipsticks for the discoloration — oil must be light brown, and transmission fluid must be red or pink.
Tire tread must be worn evenly & all four must match. And uneven tread and extra wear on some of tires means poor alignment that will be the sign of steering, frame issues or suspension. The poorly aligned car can pull to right and left when you are driving.
An average car can rack up 20,000 km every year. In order, to know if car you are looking to buy has low or high mileage, divide number on odometer by vehicle’s age. Car with the high mileage have more wear & tear on the mechanical components.
Blasting radio when the favourite song comes is the little joys of the car ownership. Check some buttons & ensure the stereo or other electronic components are working rightly. Turn on air conditioning & heat too.