When looking for a great used car, it’s important to look for the right components to ensure you’re making the best decision for you. At Grace Auto Group, we put together this quick guide on what to look for when buying a used car to ensure no stone is left unturned.
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Interior and Exterior Condition
The first thing you’ll want to do when checking out a used car is to perform a visual inspection. Check all around the exterior for any dents, scratches, or cracks in the paint. Also be sure to look at all the windows and the windshield to make sure there are no chips that could later turn into larger cracks.
After you’ve given the exterior a thorough inspection, you’ll want to enter the cabin and take a look around. Make sure the upholstery is in good condition and that the dials and buttons on the dashboard are in working condition.
If you notice any damage, check to see if it’s being reported by the dealership. If not, you’ll want to negotiate repairs.
Looking at the mileage of a used car will help you understand how the car was used by the previous owner. Typically, most drivers put about 10,000 miles on the odometer every year. So, for example, if you’re checking out a five-year-old car and it has 90,000 miles on it, you’ll want to discuss with the seller why the mileage is so high.
On the other hand, extra low mileage can indicate the vehicle wasn’t driven often, which can lead to a host of other issues you will want to discuss with the dealer.
One of the biggest components to consider is engine condition. Ask the seller to pop open the hood so you can perform a visual inspection. Look for any worn out parts or erosion, which indicate repairs will need to be made.
Pro Tip: Take a Test Drive
The best way to see how a used car will perform is to take it for a test drive. Hop behind the wheel and pay attention to cornering, accelerating, and braking. Make sure every feature is performing to your standards, and if any issues seem present, then discuss it with the dealer.
Vehicle History Report
A vehicle history report is a breakdown of any repairs or maintenance that have been done on the vehicle as well as any accidents the car may have been in. Ask the dealership to make this paperwork available and then go through it thoroughly to get a clear picture of the current condition of any car you may be interested in.
Buy a Used Car Today!
Now that you know what to look for when buying a used car, you’re ready to stop by the showroom at Grace Auto Group to see what vehicles we have available to you. We hope to see our Morrisville, Yardley, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, neighbors soon!