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What are the most important things to check when buying a second-hand car?
Post Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:38 am
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Verify that the car has not been is a collision - bent frame, twisted frame, dog tracking. Those things cause crooked tire wear, front-end alignment problems. These things are difficult/expensive to correct. Fortunately, the research is available - carfax.

Test drive: That will tell you how the engine performs, engine noises, exhaust smoke. Front end shimmy. Rattles, noises. Listen for rear differential noise/whine.

Check for small stuff - radio, window operation, power door locks, dash board lights, speedo, odo, fuel gage. Most of these are inexpensive to fix - but it also gives you an idea if the car was 'kept up'.

And there are some brand-specific things to check. Eg, GM cars in the 2000 era have/had failed fuel gages, door lock solenoids, window motors, modules etc - almost all of the electro-mechanical items failed at least once on those cars. So google the car that you are looking at and see what failures are common to them.
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Have the car inspected
If you’re buying your car used you may want to have it inspected by a mechanic before you finalize the purchase, especially if you’re buying it from an individual. You can get a pre-purchase inspection for $100. It will take the mechanic less than an hour — and it might save you thousands of dollars down the road
Deal with the paperwork
If you’re buying a used car directly from its previous owner, make sure that your sale contract transfers full ownership of the title and registration to you. It’s a good idea to get a lawyer to look through your contract and make sure everything is in order. You may also want to check with your local department of motor vehicles for any overdue registration fees associated with the car that might pass to you.
Take a nice test drive
You may be in a hurry to lay claim to your car and get it on the road. However, if you rush the test drive there’s a good chance you’ll regret it later. Call the dealership or seller in advance to book a test drive appointment. Don’t be afraid to ask for extra time. After all, you’re probably going to have this car for at least five years. You should spend some time getting to know it before you take it home.
Make sure to take a few moments after the test drive to play with the controls and adjust the seats. You should ensure that there are comfortable options for everyone who will be riding in your car.
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