Buyer Remorse Prevention

12 05 2010

It is always a good idea to get a second opinion when purchasing a used car.  An inspection from an independent automotive technician is a good place to start.  Your technician can check out the basics and notice a few items that a non-mechanical    person might miss. 

There are a few items, however, that you can check out in advance of the inspection to protect yourself.

  • Check the mileage on the vehicle
  • Get the CarFax (you can get this on-line)
  • Get the service records
  • Check for mold, mud or silt in the interior
  • Check the tires to make sure they are all four the same brand and in good shape
  • Check to make sure you have a spare tire
  • Make sure the title is clean

These items will also most likely be checked out by your technician but we’ll look for other things as well such as:

  • Body damage
  • Remove the oil cap and inspect inside the engine
  • Does the engine rattle (when cold, warmed up or always)?
  • Is there smoke from the tailpipe?
  • Does it steer straight?
  • Are dash warning lights coming on?
  • Lights, turn signals, wipers, air conditioner, heater, windows

It pays to be cautious when making a vehicle purchase and a pre-check by a qualified technician is the best way to be sure you won’t have buyer remorse later!

Happy Motoring!

Dale Bertram

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