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Are you looking to buy a car but do not have the budget to purchase brand new? Have you always loved a certain car model that is no longer available brand new? You may consider purchasing a used car. Yes, there are risks in buying a second hand car. However, if you know where to look and how to look, you can minimize those risks and get a really good deal as well. Here are some tips when buying used cars.
Check the dashboard
One of the first things experienced buyers will check is the mileage. Check the dashboard and check how many miles the car has been driven. It may be relatively new, maybe 1 or 2 years old, but if the mileage is very high then that is a very used car. The general rule here is the higher the mileage, the more parts will need replacement sooner.
Check the tires
How worn out are the tires? Have they already been replaced? Carefully inspect all tires including the spare tire. Are the tires mismatched? If yes, that means a tire has been replaced, and it was not done in pairs as it should. This will give you a negative sign about the previous owner. What else did he cut corners on with car maintenance?
Check the paint
You should check the paint during the daytime. Make sure the place is nice and bright so you can see every panel. If you find subtle differences in color between panels, this is a sign of a cover up. The previous owner may have had some body work done to cover up scratches, dents, or bumps. At worse, the car may have been in a significant accident.
Ask for the service record and research
Check how well maintained the car is. Did it meet or service schedules and replaced all needed items in time? If you look through the service records and see all this, you know the car is in good condition.
It is also a good idea to talk to people who own the same type of car. Check if there are some common issues and common problems. This will give you an idea of what to expect when you use the car, or if it has already been corrected.
Always test drive
The best test is always an actual drive. Listen to what the car tells you with the different sounds you hear when driving. Feel for each pedal, lever, and steer if it all feels right. See how the car actually performs.
Remember, you should expect to spend a little extra after the purchase for minor updates. Do your research to make sure you get the best deal. In the same way, know more about how you can be best protected with the right insurance. At the Evans Insurance Services Inc, we take pride in making sure our clients are well protected at prices they can afford. To learn more about how we can help you please contact our agency at (610) 889-9300 or Click Here to request a free quote.