If you've been thinking about replacing your vehicle and want to buy used, you've likely wondered how much the process differs from buying new. Well, there are definitely some key differences. Each used vehicle comes with a different history, and there's data out there about different models made in the past concerning safety and reliability. So read up on what's next for you during this process.
✔ Do Your Research Before you begin your search, ask yourself if there is a specific type of vehicle that you need. By deciding on what type of vehicle you're looking for, you will have a more specific list of inspection items to check. When researching for the vehicle, find out what the common problems are for the models you are considering.
✔ Exterior Checks Pay attention to the body condition. Walk around the vehicle and make a note of any scratches, dents or rust. Also take note of the body panels. Everything should line up evenly, and the doors, hood and trunk should be able to open and close. While walking around the vehicle, inspect the tires. All of the tires should be the same brand and should be in decent condition (no cracks, bulges, scuffing or bad tread). Lastly, always check the lights. They should all work properly and be without cracks and damages and show no signs of moisture.
✔ Interior Checks When inspecting the interior, check for an odor. If the car smells like mold, must or mildew, that could indicate a leak or flood damage. Additionally, check the seats to see if they are worn or have any tears in the upholstery. You also need to ensure they work properly and that you can get the driver’s seat into the right position for you to be comfortable. You should also test out the controls and instruments to see that they are working properly. Finally, take a look at the roof to check for signs of staining or water leaking through a sunroof or window.
✔ Under the Hood When looking under the hood, inspect the belts, hoses, fluids, oil and transmission fluid. Everything should be at its proper level, and there should not be any cracks, leaks or water. Also look underneath the vehicle to see if anything is leaking.
✔ The Test Drive One of the most important parts of your inspection is the test-drive. This will tell you if the vehicle is working properly and whether it's right for you. When starting the vehicle, see how long it takes for the car to start and if there are any odd noises. You need to take the vehicle on a variety of different roads so that you can test it at all different speeds. Additionally, check to see if the transmission shifts smoothly and that the brakes offer good stopping power without pulling the vehicle to either side.
✔ Paperwork and Mechanic's Inspection Before you close the deal on the car, you need to get the vehicle identification number (VIN) and run a Vehicle History Report. Most dealers will provide a report on all of their used vehicles. Also have a trusted repair shop fully inspects the vehicle before you purchase it.
If you have any questions about what you need to do before buying a used car or would like to test-drive any used cars, please feel free to contact us or stop by John Roberts Nissan at 2747 Hillsboro Blvd Manchester, TN 37355. We look forward to serving our customers from Murfreesboro, Shelbyville and Middle Tennessee.