Before making an investment in a used car, you should be certain to inspect it thoroughly; whenever possible, you should have a qualified mechanic inspect the car. When that isn’t possible, there are some things you can do to check a car before making the decision to buy it. Most importantly, when considering a used car, it is important to inspect the car more than once. It’s always better, especially if you feel depressed; to let the seller know you should think about it before making a final purchase.
The first thing to examine when looking at a used car is the ground underneath. Look for spots of all colors; darker spots can be lubricants such as oil, transmission, and brake fluids, and spots of a lighter hue can be leaks of other vital fluids such as radiator coolant/antifreeze. A car that is leaking any fluid, at any rate, can quickly become a money pit. The seller may try to reassure you that it is a leak that just needs a small repair-say a gasket or some other easy fix. That is definitely an assessment that a mechanic should make, not a decision to be made on a basic inspection. Leaks can be costly and they tend to get worse when a used car is driven.
Next on your inspection, you must check all of the lights on the car and make sure they are working properly. Also, make sure that the turn signals and dashboard indicators function properly. Start the car and drive it. Make sure you get the car up to highway driving speeds. Be sure to start and restart the car several times before making a decision.
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