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.