It’s income tax time and for many that means it’s time to purchase a “new” used car. Many dealerships will run deals to clear their lots or you may even find a private seller that has purchased a new car and needs to get rid of their older one. While this is a great time to get a deal on a used car, it could also be a great time to get ripped-off.
So what should you watch for?
* 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:
o Brake pedal pad worn through the metal beneath
o Driver’s seat outer edge is worn through.
o 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 indicate 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 point 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.
Last but not least don’t forget to check into what the auto insurance cost will be. Call us today for help.