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Things to Look For When Buying a Used Car

Things to Look For When Buying a Used Car

Purchasing another vehicle is an exciting time. Even if you don't want to purchase a brand new car, getting a used car will be new for you. However, you want to make sure you select a used one that will be worth the money you invest in it. Buying a used car is different from buying a new one because you need to look it over more closely. Let's review what to look for when buying a used car.



Visual Inspection

The first thing you'll want to do when you consider purchasing that used car is give it a good visual inspection. Look at the exterior and interior. Be on the look out for any damage to the body that may indicate the car was in an accident. If so, it's important to find out what happened so you can determine if it was sufficiently repaired.


You'll also want to look inside the car. Although everyone may have different tastes as to how they want the inside of their car to look, you can tell a lot about the owner by the way the interior is kept up (or not kept up). Usually, a car dealer will have the car cleaned up for you, but if you see noticeable tears, stains, cigarette burns, and so on, then that indicates the previous owner wasn't careful.



While cars can go many more miles than they used to, it's still important to consider the mileage. For one thing, after so many miles, you will need to do some minor maintenance. You may have to replace brake pads and tires if the car is around the 50-60k mark and it hasn't been done yet.


Test it Out

One way you can get a feel for a car is to simply take it for a test drive. While driving it, you can listen for any unusual sounds and make sure the transmission shifts fine. You can also check out all the monitors and gauges to ensure they are in good working order. Try out the heat and air conditioning to make sure both are functioning. Listen to the stereo, try the windshield, use the blinkers, and check the lights once you're out of the car.


Research the History

You can also find out information about the history of the car by simply asking for the car's vehicle report. This will inform you about any accidents or any recalls that may be pending.


Look Under the Hood

Take a peek under the hood. Look for worn, frayed, or broken belts or hoses. Obviously, anything that is broken will be a problem, and if something looks like it's wearing thin, then it may need to be replaced in the near future. You can weigh the pros and cons of how much replacing the item would be against the cost of the car.


Check the Value of the Car

It's a good idea to see what the going price is for the car you're considering. You can research this information online and determine if you are getting a reasonable deal on it.


When it comes time for you to make the move to purchasing your next car, consider a used or pre-owned certified one. You'll save a lot of money and get one that suits your needs. Stop by Betterway Sales & Leasing to preview our cars today!


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