If you are planning to buy a used car, then one of the things you must do before committing your money is to inspect the car thoroughly. Missing a single problem with the car may result in trouble galore down the road.
The good news is that if you are buying from a dealership that sells used cars in Auckland, chances are the vehicle is in good condition. Still, you will need to check the following just to be sure:
1. The Exterior
Check the windshield for any cracks and holes. Confirm whether there are dents or scratches on the body, too. If you notice a fresh paint job, then it could be an attempt to conceal rust. Check whether the windshield wipers are working properly. Check the headlights and tail lights as well.
2. The Tires
The condition of a car’s tires says a lot about the history of the vehicle. Do they seem abused? Check whether there are cuts and cracks. Inspect to see if they seem unevenly worn. That could indicate problems with the suspension. Confirm whether they are of the same make, too. Do not forget to check whether the spare tire is in good shape.
3. The Engine
If the first thing you encounter after opening the hood is grime and dirt, that tells you that the previous owner wasn’t keen on maintenance. Check for any oil or fluid leaks and confirm if the battery terminals are corroded. Check if there is any strange smell when you start the engine. Look at the exhaust gas. If it is black, there is a problem of excessive oil consumption.
There are, of course, several other places you will need to inspect when buying a used vehicle, but this list is a good place to start. Should your inspection yield any problems with the car, then you can use that against the quoted price or simply move on to another car.