Buying A Used Car
Reprinted from Roadmaster DirectoryBecause new cars are expensive, most people find themselves in the market for a used vehicle when they need wheels. And buying a used car isn't easy; you want to get the best car you can for the best deal you can. Read on to find out how you can handle your used car purchase.
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CHECKLIST OF QUESTIONS TO ASK ON THE TELEPHONE:.
* Why are you selling the car?.
* How long have you owned it?
* Does it need any repairs?
* Is there any rust on the car?
CHECKLIST OF ITEMS TO LOOK FOR BEFORE YOU TEST DRIVE:
* Rust, holes, gunk in tailpipe
* Mismatches in paint (may indicate a past accident)
* Tires in poor condition, uneven tread wear
* Door locks work without sticking
* All headlights and other lights work
* Upholstery not sagging
* Suspension doesn't sag
CHECKLIST OF THINGS TO WATCH FOR ON THE ROAD:
* Clutch doesn't slip or make any noise
* Exhaust pumping out black or blue smoke
* Emergency brake holds on hill
* Make sure the car doesn't pull to one side, i.e., that the wheels are properly aligned
* Make sure steering doesn't wander or make noises
* Accelerate on a hill to determine engine strength
CHECKLIST FOR THE MECHANICAL TEST
* Engine system, compression, spark plug reading, fuel pump, ignition, oil condition
* Electrical system, wiring, alternator, regulator, air conditioner
* Brakes, lining, pads, drums
* Driveline, transmission, universal joints
* Suspension, shocks, springs, ball joints, wheel balance o Frame and body, check for rust and evidence of structural damage.