Before You Buy Used...

Once you have picked out your used car, it is important that you examine the car properly before purchasing it. Starting with the exterior and interior can give you a better idea about the quality of the car you are about to purchase.

Walk around the entire car and look for any visible problems, then focus on these specific items:

  • Signs of bodywork
  • Bent or welded frame
  • Tire quality
  • Dents, chipping paint, rust
  • Chrome trim (e.g. grille, bumpers, etc.)
  • Cracks in any windows
  • Doors, trunk and hood not closing properly, loose handles

The interior of the car also needs a thorough inspection. This is a list of specific things to look at:

  • Condition of seats and seatbelts
  • Fabric wear
  • Water damage
  • Test horn
  • Test all power and manual controls (e.g. windows, sunroof, A/C knobs, radio controls)
  • Check all lights (headlights, break lights, signals, interior lights)
  • Glove compartment and any additional compartments

The final and most important area of the car to examine is under the hood. If you are unfamiliar with the inner workings of a car, have an expert check the engine and components. Take the car for a test drive. By making sure that all parts of the engine are functioning properly, you can avoid costly repairs down the road.

THIS CONTENT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THIS IS IN NO WAY GIVING ANY LEGAL ADVICE OR REPRESENTATION. THE INFORMATION CONTAINED HEREIN WAS COMPILED FROM VARIOUS ARTICLES. FOR ANY LEGAL ADVICE OR REPRESENTATION SEEK YOUR OWN LEGAL COUNSEL.