What To Look For When Buying a Used Car

September 16th, 2020 by

Purchasing a used vehicle is an exciting experience, but since we don’t do it every day, we may not remember to check everything. In this week’s blog, we will be looking at a few things that you can look for when buying a used car to make sure you’re getting a great deal.

Vehicle History Check – The dealership or private seller should have a record of where the vehicle has been, how many people have owned it, and if there has been any previous damage. We provide a free AutoCheck on every used vehicle on our lots.

Check the Tires – Making sure the tires on the vehicle are in good condition is a crucial step in the buying process. A simple way to check the tread is to stick a penny headfirst in the treads. If you see the top of Lincoln’s head, the treads are worn out and need to be replaced.

Test Drive the Vehicle – Always test drive a vehicle before you buy it; even though two vehicles may be built the same, they will not drive out or feel the same. How a vehicle feels on the road at high and low speeds can very well determine whether or not the purchase you’re about to make is a good one.

Inspect The Vehicle’s Interior and Exterior – Images on the internet can be missing critical information when considering the condition of a used vehicle. Make sure to inspect the interior and exterior of the vehicle in person. Taking the time to make sure you are fully aware of the condition of the vehicle, both inside and out, is a crucial step so that you can ensure the vehicle has the features you want and everything is in working order.

Do your Homework on the Make and Model – Make sure you research common issues with the specific make and model you are interested in buying. You might come to find that the vehicle you’re interested in is known for specific problems or has had recalls on it in the past.

Look Into Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles – For those of you who are interested in quality guarantee when purchasing a vehicle, try looking into certified pre-owned inventory. These are vehicles that come with a certain level of assurance from either the dealership or the manufacturers. They can also come with manufacturer backed warranties or other extra benefits like a special financing rate. Click here to view our current certified pre-owned inventory.

Look for Signs of Corrosion or Damage under the Hood – Checking underneath the hood for corrosion or other signs of damage is always a good idea before purchasing a vehicle. It could be that there are issues from a previous owner or accident that aren’t necessarily easy to find at a glance, and vehicle history reports are only as good as the information provided to them from reporting agencies.

Check the Trunk – We know this might seem like one of the last things to consider when buying a vehicle but it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting with your purchase. The trunk of a car is a good indication of how the previous owner took care of the car. You can also check if a spare tire is present or if there is any hidden rust or cosmetic damage.

We hope you have found this blog educational and informative. If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below or contact us at info@shelor.com.


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