How to Check Out a Used Car Before Buying It. Part 1.

If you are thinking about purchasing a used car, you know how confusing it can be. There are so many things to consider that it can be a daunting experience. This is true if you are considering buying a car for the first time. There are many things to look for when purchasing a used car but one important factor is to give the car a physical check before making your final decision. Here are a few general pointers on how to physically check out a used car before you buy it. Make sure that the car is on level ground before checking it out. This is to ensure that you will be able to clearly check the tyres and to see if there is anything sagging on the car. Carefully check the paint job of the car, taking note of any rust spots, dents or scratches. Look at the sides of the car from end-on for waviness; that indicates paint work. Run your finger along the edges of the joints between panels; roughness indicates residue left from masking tape. Check the boot of the car to make sure it is still in good condition. It should not show any sign of rust, or water entry due to cracks or holes. Wear inside of the boot indicates usage of the car. Check under the bonnet of the car for any indication of dents, damage or rust. These can all be signs that the car was either poorly taken care of or damaged. Each wing, just inside where the bonnet joins, should have a tag with the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) of the car; if it is missing, that wing was replaced. The hoses and belts should not have cracks. The radiator hoses should not be soft. Go inside the car and check the seats and upholstery of the car for any tears, rips, stains, or other type of damage. Check to make sure the air-conditioning of the car is working well by turning it on to see that it works. Tune in tomorrow for Part 2 of ‘How to check out a Used Car before buying it’.

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