5 Checks You Must Do When Buying A Used Car

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Buying a used car can be a stressful process. Has it been properly maintained? Will it be reliable? Will I get a good deal? Do I trust the person selling me this piece of machinery? It's always better to go with a mechanic you trust but if you intend going alone, These tips will help you

Tip 1: Exterior Checks

Starting with the basics, what you intend doing are quick visual checks. Take a good look at the body panels for dents or scratches. Is the vehicle in need of body work or paint job? Check the tires, wheels, brake caliper and discs properly as that would also save you a huge amount of money if you don’t need to replace them, the headlight and taillight, are they filled with water or is it still clear and not broken? You could stick your head under the car and check rust around the arches and sills because they can be expensive to repair and sometimes be a car killer.

Tip 2: Warning Lights

After the above check, the next thing is to check for warning lights from the dashboard. It could be warning codes from the engine, ABS, battery. If you’re observant, you might even notice an engine with overheating problems.

Tip 3: Engine Check

What you should be looking out for are oil levels. With the bonnet up, have a look at the chassis legs to know if they’re bent or deformed, that’s how you know if the car has had a front-end collision. Look at the side of the engine to make sure there are no oil leaks. Generally, just make sure the engine is happy.

Tip 4:  Interior Check

The power windows, the gear lever and steering wheel is not worn as that may seem like too much use and lack of proper maintenance, the handbrake (if it has). And while you’re inside, don’t forget to check its service history, it’ll keep you up to date with the car’s maintenance.

Tip 5: Test Drive

Start up the car, while idling it, listen for squeaks either from engine or steering before driving. While driving it, listen to the steering, gear lever during selection, brakes, belts. Test to know its condition before taking it to your garage

Kindly use the comment section for any other checks you think needs to be added.

5 checks you must do when buying a used car - By adeyemi matthew - 2019-11-21 19:22:29

The power windows, the gear lever and steering wheel is not worn as that may seem like too much use and lack of proper maintenance, the handbrake (if it has). And while you’re inside, don’t forget to check its service history, it’ll keep you up to date with the car’s maintenance. Always check the break pad also along with the wheels 

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5 checks you must do when buying a used car - By onioba jariel - 2019-11-22 12:57:43

The car,s paper's

you're going to need to be smart on this one I advise you to ask a trusted friend if you don't know what to look for but if you're doing it your self look for things like the previous owner's information if the papers are up to date and if it is stamped,it would also be good if you make sure the person on the car papers is the one selling it to you to avoid buying a stolen car

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5 checks you must do when buying a used car - By Adedayo Oluwarotimi - 2019-12-06 11:37:37

You need to be smart on this one I advise you to ask a trusted friend if you don't know what to look for but if you're doing it your self look for things like the previous owner's information if the papers are up to date and if it is stamped,it would also be good if you make sure the person on the car papers is the one selling it to you to avoid buying a stolen car is that don't have papers and licenses.

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5 checks you must do when buying a used car - By VALENTINE NWANKWO - 2019-12-10 12:24:00

Purchasing a used car can seem confusing, and with so many things to consider, it can also feel what way! Before you purchase a used car, take some time to check the exterior, interior, and underneath the hood to make sure there  aren't any major problems. Take the car for a test drive to see how it handles on the road. Last but not least, check the vehicle's history and negotiate a reasonable price before coming to a final decision.

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