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5 Things to Look for When Buying a Car

By silkmoose

With new cars being quite expensive, chances are you’ll look for used cars rather than splashing the cash on a brand new vehicle. This is a great way to save money but it requires you to be smart when making important choices. You’ll want to be able to tell exactly what a car you’re interested in offers you and how much it is worth. Even though different drivers have different preferences, there are some things you simply have to look for when buying a car. Here are 5 of them you definitely shouldn’t forget checking.

Vehicle’s history

If you’re buying at a car dealership you should always be presented with the history of the vehicle you’re interested in. On the other hand, if you’re buying from a private seller, it’s definitely worth to pay for a history report yourself. This will help you make sure the vehicle hasn’t sustained any serious damage in the past and that investing in it is a good idea. Still, just bear in mind that these reports don’t really have to be 100% accurate all the time. Consumer reports found out that these aren’t always completely correct, but getting the vehicle history is still always recommended.

Mechanical red flags

You don't have to be a mechanic, but you simply can't buy a car without taking a look under its hood. Once you do that, you should also have amechanic you trust take a closer look himself. There are tons of mechanical red flags that you can’t spot if you’re not a mechanic and there’s no need to say that these will only turn out to be additional costs if not identified on time. Also, don’t forget to tell your mechanic to keep an eye on any signs of corrosion, since problems like this can cause real damage over time.

Exterior damage

Even though this one's quite obvious, it can't hurt saying that you have to inspect every single spot on your car before making any formal bids. You should start with a paint job and look for scratches and bubbles. Also, make sure you check the condition of both wheels and tyres. Just bear in mind that today there are great wheel and tyre packages, so you should be able to have these replaced cheaply if you notice any signs of damage. It might also be a smart move to take a look at all the lights and make sure they’re all working.

Interior damage
Of course, you should never buy a car without taking a good look at its interior. Sometimes, a car may look absolutely amazing from the outside but the interior simply doesn’t match the look. Therefore, once you’re in the car, you should try to inspect every little thing in the cabin. Test all the controls to ensure they’re 100% functioning. Also, you should always check if things such as power windows, climate control, and wipers are all working. Look for the mats on the floor both in the front and in the back and check in what kind of condition they are.

Today, there are just so many gadgets you can get for your car and if the car has any of these it means you’ll later have to spend less money in order to make your time on the road more enjoyable. Talk to the car dealer or person who’s selling and they should tell you if there are any gadgets installed that you might find useful. We’re talking about things such as USB chargers and GPS systems. If there are any of these installed, make sure you check if they’re working as well.

If the car passes the check, it means investing in it really is a good idea. Still, don't make any rash decisions and only buy a car once you're 100% sure that it's exactly what you want.

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