Inspection Checklist Before Buying a Used Car

One of the biggest drawbacks to buying a used car is that you don’t know the full history and condition of the car. The car may be well-maintained and may not need repairs for some time, or the car may need a lot of repairs. Taking the time to carefully inspect the car before you buy it can help to clue you in to the condition of the car.

Inspect the Brakes

Before getting in the car, inspect the brakes. If you notice a lot of dust and debris around the tire wheels or see the rotors are worn or rusted, the brakes may need work. Also, hit the brakes when you are driving. Do you feel shaking or hear squealing? Those are key indicators that the brakes need work done.

Check the Engine

Checking the engine yourself can be challenging. When you drive the car, be sure to pay close attention to how well the car drives. It should be quiet and run smoothly. If it runs rough, idles at stop signs or is loud, there may be something off with the engine.

Look at the Interior and Exterior

Take a close look at the interior and exterior of the car. Look for signs of rust on both the interior and exterior. Pay close attention to any areas where paint may not match up or where it looks like auto body work was done. If something looks off, the car may have been involved in an accident.

Examine the Tires

Walk around and look at the tires. Do they seem to be in good condition or are they worn? If they are worn, be sure to take into account the cost of new tires when negotiating the price of the car.

Test the Steering

Lastly, be sure to test the steering when you are driving the car. The car should drive in a straight line, without pulling in one direction or the other. The steering wheel should also be smooth, rather than feel rough or shaky when you are driving.

It is always wise to inspect a used car thoroughly before purchasing it. However, buying from a reputable used car dealership can help to lessen your worry when buying a used car. If you are looking to purchase used cars in the greater Rochester or Raleigh area, visit Auction Direct USA today. We offer guarantees on all of our cars, to provide you with peace of mind that the car you are buying is safe and functional.