Buyer Remorse Prevention

5 09 2013

Dale BertramIt 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!

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