Buying used vehicles can be a great way to save a little money. However, make sure to be cautious when purchasing a used vehicle. To avoid purchasing a car with hidden problems, consider the below tips when shopping.
- Excessive wear and tear in the interior, regardless of what the odometer says, is a clue that the car has seen some miles. Look for: Break pedal pad worn through the metal beneath – Driver’s seat outer edge is worn through – Water leaking directly under the floor mats
- Damp, musty odors are indications of leaks in the windshield, weather stripping or heater core
- Cars that ride lower in the front as compared to the back indicate worn springs
- Vehicles that bounce when pushed on indicates worn shocks and struts
- Tires with worn outer edges from the front end represent the need for an alignment
- Clanking noises when the vehicle is in gear points towards a problem with the drive shaft universal joints
- Repainted body panels, Check this by looking at the colors of adjoining panels to see if they match the front fender
- Motor oil that is not full indicates that the engine may be leaking or burning oil
- Knocking and ticking sounds that increase as the engine speed increases represent major problems and costly repairs
- Transmission fluid that is black or brown may indicate internal damage
- Banging, grinding or squeaking noises indicates a damaged or broken transmission mount
Whether new or used, purchasing a vehicle is an investment. Make sure yours is properly covered by calling our office today to do a policy review.