Common Problems To Look Out For With Used Cars

Buying a used car is such an ordeal at times. It can be very easy sometimes, but nothing is perfect. When you’re buying a used car, you need to put it through its paces. Don’t stop short of taking the thing apart to see if it’ll be worthwhile buying or not.

Okay, that last part was a little too far. Some previous owners don’t treat their cars well though. Here are the things you need to check when you are buying a used car.

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The Wheels

The first thing you do when you see the car is to give the wheels a little kick. If the force causes them to wobble at all or the tyres feel soft, you might want to take a closer look. The wheels may not be fitted properly, or the axis of them might be off. Similarly, the tyres may have a puncture.

Wheels can be replaced, yes. Tyres too. This is at a cost though. If you’re already paying to buy a used car, why should you pay more for parts? Always make sure they’re in a good state.

The Steering Wheel

Yes, this can have a problem. Always ask to get in the car and give it a little go. If not that, at least start the engine.

Steering wheel problems are usually from a bottom of the barrel dealership, not like the Pentagon-Group. Regardless, you might sometimes get caught out. See how it turns, and if the wheels respond with it.

Maybe yank it towards you a little. The last thing you want is it coming off when you’re using it.

The Engine

Listen close to this. Any odd noises might be a sign that something is terribly wrong with the fluids or mechanisms. If it takes a while to start too, you might have a total dud on your hands.

Make sure to feel the rattle through your seat and steering wheel. If the car vibrates violently occasionally, you might again be looking at some form of engine failure. It’s impossible to know without taking a look.

If you’re not allowed to take a peek at the engine or you are unqualified to do so, it’s best to avoid that car.

The Exhaust

Billowing smoke and backfiring like a shotgun? Don’t buy it. Pay attention to what’s coming out the exhaust as well as how it sounds. What comes out the back is usually a good indication of what’s happening inside.

If it looks bad coming out, there’s something bad happening inside.

The Electrics

Be sure to check any electric function inside the car before you consider buying it. The windows are a good start. If they stick hard or refuse to go down properly, you could be looking at battery issues.

Similarly with any air conditioning or in-car radio system. You might want to check these purely for convenience reasons. They might be busted in non-consequential ways, but you might want to listen to the radio or stay cool on a hot day.

If you know what to look out for, buying a used car is as easy as pie.

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