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Many people wonder if the used car that they are considering is worth buying. Before you hand over your hard-earned cash or agree on financing, you may want to inspect the car completely. Here are some things you may want to consider.
The condition of a car’s body should be rated on level ground on a sunny day. Start by walking around the car to see if there are any signs of rust. Then, walk around the car again to see if there are any signs that body putty has been used on the vehicle. If you get suspicious, then use a magnet as it will not stick to putty. Examine the car to see if it has been repainted. A good place to look is on seals because they often have flakes of paint on them if repainting has occurred.
When you first open the door, take a strong sniff for mold and mildew. Then, take time to sit in each seat. Ask to take the car for a test drive allowing you to sit in the driver’s seat even longer. It is hard to like a car where you are not comfortable. Make note of any stains and tears in the upholstery. If you have a child that is still in a car seat, place the seat in and out of the car to see how easy it is to do. There are many pre-owned Fords for sale as well as for other vehicle brands, so find the one fitting your family the best.
While it is always best to take the car to a mechanic for a full inspection, there are some steps you can do on the car lot. Feel inside the exhaust for signs of black soot as this may indicate the vehicle uses oil. Try bouncing each corner of the vehicle to see if it rebounds just once as this can be a sign that the shock absorbers are in good shape. Check the tires on the vehicle. If they appear new, but the car has over 20,000 miles, this may be a sign that the odometer has been rolled back.
Start the car while listening for any unusual sounds. Try accelerating, decelerating, passing and merging in the vehicle when you drive it. You should love the feel of the car as you drive it. Take the vehicle to a safe spot and try doing a hard stop. Try parallel parking the vehicle. If you travel with lots of stuff make sure it fits inside the vehicle with ample room to spare.
Remember the dealer’s job is to sell you a vehicle. Using these tips helps ensure you find a good used one to buy.