Purchasing a used
vehicle extra steps regardless if you purchase from
an individual or a car lot. Close scrutiny helps
ensure a better investment. We offer the following
First, know your
budget and your needs. Until these are addressed
every vehicle is a candidate. Because it's so easy
to "fall in love" with a car, one must be objective.
what it's worth. Most libraries and banks have a
used car appraisal guide, Kelly Blue Book a valuable
negotiating tool. If you're not familiar with the
business end of an automobile, do your shopping with
someone who is.
Assuming you'll be
looking at a number of possibilities, begin with a
chart with which you can list each vehicle's
description, pros and cons, and owner's phone
includes a number of items:
Examination - Open all doors including the hood
and trunk. Check for rust, weld marks, or a bent
frame. Examine the muffler, tail pipe and exhaust
Under The Hood
- Check fluids. Examine hoses and belts for wear. We
inspect for routine maintenance upkeep of the
System - Starting and charging system, ignition
system, fuel system and all accessories such as
gauges, radio, wipers, etc. are inspected. We also
Check the horn and all lights.
Trunk - Is
there a spare tire? Is it usable? Does it have a
Badly worn upholstery and carpeting indicate neglect
and heavy usage.
Engine - We
road test the vehicle for highway performance. We
inspect all major on board systems, including
cooling system, AC, & engine controls. We also check
for unusual sounds.
is 1st inspected during road test, then inspected in
the shop for potential problems..
Front and Rear.
All front end components are inspected for movement
Tires - We
examine tread and general condition. We look for
signs of front end / suspension problems by
examining the tire wear patterns.
Brake system is physically examined for
Another factor is
Ask for service
records. Many private owners proudly display their
maintenance history books as a selling point. A new
car dealer may provide this information if the
vehicle originally was purchased and serviced there.
narrowed the field and made your final choice,
invest in a comprehensive inspection by a qualified
technician. If everything is A-OK, you have peace of
mind. If there's a problem and you still want the
vehicle, you may be able to negotiate repairs and/or
a discounted price.