Maelynn Chaïma. Used Car. January 05th , 2020.
Before you go and buy your first used car, there are certain questions you should be prepared to ask. Make sure that before you make a purchase, you have all of the information you need to guarantee you do not end up with a lemon or a car you are just not satisfied with. Here are a few things you will want to make sure to find out before purchasing a used car: Know your price range. To determine the price range for your new vehicle, you must remember to factor in license plates, registration for the vehicle, taxes, and insurance costs. A lot of these costs vary depending on the age and type of vehicle you drive. Another thing to consider is that if you go out and look at cars that are not within your set budget, you will make the cars you can afford pale in comparison. Also, in order to get the car you want, you may sacrifice quality and end up with a car that does not run nearly as well as one that was within your predetermined price range.
Under Carriage: Previous collision damage – Body work is one thing but repairs to the car’s frame or other under carriage elements should be a concern. While usually good such repairs can raise safety concerns in the future as well as affect the car’s overall life span! Rust – Rust can be a problem for any car. Cars that were located in humid areas or near the ocean should be of considerable concern for the fact that rust could lead to needed repairs of the exhaust system and other important frame elements. Test drive: Car handling – Many people when driving a car will only catch the obvious issues. There are many small but very important things that can happen during a test drive though that will indicate if the car is in good condition and running as smoothly as it should. Sounds – One of the best ways to tell if things are right is by the sounds the car will make during different performance tests. Unless you are an expert you will probably not pick up on most of these as they can easily be masked by the overall sound of the motor or road noise. To get safe you need to have motor vehicle inspection.
Interior Points: Functionality of features and electrical components – There is nothing more irritating that trying to adjust a side mirror that has electronic controls and finding out that it does not work. The same goes for various lights in the dash and other important controls like the hazard lights. Evidence of Smoke or odors – For many of us a buying a car that was once smoked in is not a choice we would want to make. Same goes for other odors or spills. A car that has had a lot of food spilled or chemicals could cause health problems down the road. Under the Hood: Fluid levels and hoses and belts – While these may seem an easy thing to check yourself the question is whether or not you know where every belt, hose or fluid container is. Miss one and you might be walking home at some point or calling a tow truck!
Fluid leaks – Many people might overlook a small drop of oil or some other fluid here and there, but these are sure signs of potential future problems that will need to be addressed. A car that is running like it was designed to should not be leaking anything.
You might think that’s still a bit old. Not all old cars are that bad. Within the last 10 years or so regulations have been put in place to control emissions and get better gas millage. Some car companies like Toyota or Honda have been doing this all along regardless of laws. For example I drive a year 2000 honda civic. Its not the pinnacle of ’green’ technology but think on this I get around 25-30mpg. This car is now 9 years old. Many cars today can just match that, and some can’t even reach that high of millage. It also has always passed California smog check and emission checks. California is notorious for its strict emission control standards. So if it can pass those tests it’s a good, clean running car. And since the car is quite a few years old it’s not going to be all that expensive, especially if its found at an auction where you say how much you’re willing to buy it for.
The best way to avoid these potential money pit or safety problems is to get the first car inspected. There are a lot of car inspection services. out there to choose from. Some people even use friends or family to check out the car. No matter who you use; you should always have certain things checked out. These inspection points are a must know if you really want to ensure that the car you are going to buy is both worth the money asked and reliable and safe! Exterior Elements: Previous body work or repair – A sure sign that a car may have future issues is when you discover that body work has been repaired. Knowing this can save a lot of money in the future if issues arise that could have come from a previous accident. Tire condition and tread depth – A money saver for sure is knowing how long the tires will last before you will need new ones. Another important factor in checking tires is your safety and the control of the vehicle. So, to get out of danger you need to have a safety vehicle inspection.
There is a big concern these days about going green; caring for the environment. One of the biggest forms of pollution is cars simply because there are so many of them. Hundreds of millions of cars are running all day long, every day of the year. Some cars are newer and have better controls built in so they run cleaner and get better millage. However a lot of cars are still very old and run poorly. I’m sure many people would love to get a new car but a lot of times they are not affordable. Newer cars can be expensive. Newer ’green’ cars such as hybrids and natural gas cars tend to be even more expensive than your average base model car. So what can a person do to drive a newer car, get better millage, help reduce pollution, and save money? One answer, believe it or not, is to get a used car from an auction. Government auctions happen all the time and are a great place to find used vehicles. These used cars for auction are not your run down old junkers. No, they instead tend to be newer cars usually from within the past 10 years or less.
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