When choosing a used car, you need to take into account many details. It should be as safe as possible for you and not fail in critical situations. When you go to inspect the car, bring clothes in which you can lie under the car body to inspect it, as well as gloves so as not to get your hands dirty, a flashlight and a tire pressure gauge. Below we will talk about things you need to pay attention to when choosing a used car.
1. Number of Owners, Year of Manufacture, and Mileage
The fewer owners car had in the past, the better. A frequent change of ownership (once every 2-3 years) should be particularly cautious. Most likely, the car is problematic and owners try to get rid of it as soon as possible. You also need to look at the year of manufacture and mileage when going to buy a used car for cash. If the odometer shows 50 thousand kilometers and the car was made at the end of the 90s, it is likely that the mileage was twisted.
Another option is to check the body and interior of the car. If these parts of the car are completely worn out it most likely that real mileage is about 500+ thousand kilometers. You can check it in the nearest workshop by connecting your car to a special device.
2. Car Body
When you inspect the body, pay special attention to the metal parts since their further repair can be expensive. First, determine the uniformity of the painting of metal parts and touch the places that are in doubt. It is unlikely that the previous owner used high-quality restoration services and in place of a dent or scratch will be ordinary plaster.
If you notice that the body is asymmetrical, there are gaps or the paint is applied unevenly in front of you is a victim of a serious accident, after which the body was “pulled”. In the future, this can provoke a serious accident.
The second thing you need to pay attention to is the bolts of the fasteners on the doors, hood, wings, and trunk. To determine that the bolts were spinning is easy by slightly torn heads. If they are original and you can see that they were not spinning, but on the body you notice traces of the restoration, these defects most likely are minor. If the bolts were turned most likely, the car was involved in an accident.
3. Headlights and Glass
If the headlights are dirty and they are sweating, the car likely to was an accident, as they should fit snugly attached to the body and have no gaps. As for glass, you need to look at the date of its production. The date on the glass marking must match the year of the car manufacturer. If no then it is most likely that the car was in an accident.
4. Under the Hood Space
Most sellers carefully clean the body and interior before selling but forget about the engine compartment. This part will tell you a lot about the accuracy of the operation. If the engine is clean then you can proceed to the next step, but if it has a thick layer of soot and oil then say goodbye to this seller.
There should be no carbon deposits on the inside wall of the hood. If it persists then this indicates an oil leak. Belts or chains must be strong, without cracks, and other defects otherwise you risk getting a timing belt break after a few kilometers and send the engine overhaul.
If everything good under the hood, then start the engine. It should work evenly, without jerking and not stall at idle. Press the gas pedal, gradually increasing speed. If you hear knocks these may pistons problems. Repair is expensive and there may be something more serious than replacing rings. Then release the pedal. The revolutions should drop immediately to about 700. If the revolutions fall slowly, then there is a problem with the adjustment.
Last updated December 25, 2019