Things to Look for When Buying A Used Car

Sometimes the process of trying to buy a used car can feel overwhelming. Especially when the fear of ending up with a vehicle that’s going to cost you tons of money is ever present. But if you approach the process systematically you can significantly reduce your chances of ending up with a lemon.

On the exterior of the car you want to keep an eye out for the following:

-Make sure there isn’t touch up paint in areas like the door sills, trunk or hood that may indicate some damage. And if the vehicle has been touched up, make sure the paintwork is flawless.

-Check the tread on the tires to make sure you won’t get stuck buying a new set right away.

-Look to see if the brake pads and discs look worn out. The discs should appear smooth with no grooves and the pads should have at least 10mm of thickness left.

-Check the various sills and rocker panels to make sure there is any evidence of welds in place. Sometimes, rust and corrosion can be covered up with some quick restoration work.

Finally, you should look at the following indicators:

-The door locks, windows and lights should all be in working condition.

-The car should easily start with no problems.

-The oil, coolant and water levels should be topped off.

-The vehicle should sound fully functional without any clicking, banging or whining.

The bottom line is that buying a used car can be a daunting proposition. However, if you know what to look for you can limit you chances at having future problems. It also helps if you are purchasing from a reputable dealership. Browse through Southwest Motors used car inventory to get this process started.