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Things You Should Check Before Buying a Used Car

How to Check Interiors Before Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car can be a wise financial decision but doing so on the spur of the moment could result in a lemon. Whether you go to a dealership or a private seller, arming yourself with knowledge and resources will help you make the best decision. Here are seven things to consider before purchasing a used car. Read this blog by Carstars Auto Sale to learn what to check before buying a used car.

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1) Internal  

Examine the upholstery in the car. Examine the front and back seats for tears or stains. Test their functionality if the vehicle has electronic components such as a music system, monitor, and so on.  

2) External  

Examine the vehicle from every possible angle. Things may appear fine at first glance, but a closer look can reveal a different picture. Keep an eye out for rust and paint damage.  

3) Framing

While it is critical to thoroughly inspect the vehicle, taking a step back and reviewing the framing can reveal a lot about the vehicle. Check that the car is positioned evenly and that nothing is loose near the undercarriage.  

4) Tires

Depending on usage, the condition of the tires can be good or bad. You can inspect the tires for uniformity in wear and tear. If the tires are not worn evenly, it can cause alignment issues, causing the car to drift in one direction while driving.  

5) The Engine  

It is recommended that the engine be thoroughly inspected. Examine the tubes for leaks, corrosion, and cracks. Examine the oil and transmission fluid with a dipstick as well.

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engine of a car
Close up of car engine

6) Distance Traveled  

If the vehicle is not too old but has significant mileage issues, it could result from more severe issues. Discuss the mileage in detail with the seller because it is difficult to inspect in one sitting.  

7) Take a Test Drive  

Driving the car will provide a wealth of information about its performance. Make it a point to go on the highway, in narrow streets, make U-turns, and so on, paying particular attention to the brakes. Driving the car for an extended period will reveal information about its acceleration, suspension, and maneuverability.

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If you are looking for a dependable used car with a strong engine, come to the Carstairs Auto Sales dealership in Olympia, WA, browse our inventory, and schedule a test drive.