Here are a few tips you should look at prior to test driving a used car from a private sale or a car dealership:
Car Rust or Rust Holes
Rust is very difficult to repair permanently. If a body panel is rusted right through, it must be replaced to be properly fixed.
Check for oil in the exhaust pipe. If so, this may indicate an expensive engine problem.
Check for differences in the paint colour and ripples in the paint. Also look for over-spray on moldings, rubber window seals, in door jams or even on the tires. Finding any of these points to the car having had work done on it..
Check the tread for uneven tread wear. If so, the car may need an alignment or may have a suspension problem. This could also mean the tires were under inflated.
Interior of Car
Check for torn carpets or upholstery and flattened out driver’s seat. Finding any of these points to the car not being looked after or many miles on the car itself.
Check for any cracks or chips in the windshield. If you find any ask the dealer to cover the cost of a windshield replacement.
Check all external lights, turning signals, fans, radio, horn, windshield wipers and other electrical components for functionality. If they have problems it may indicate to a larger electrical problem.
Under The Hood
Check all fluid levels. This includes motor oil, transmission, windshield washer, power steering and brake fluid. When checking the motor oil be sure to notice if it is dirty or smells burnt.
Here are a few items you should look at while test driving the car:
Try to see if the emergency brake holds on a hill and releases easily. If it does not do either, the car will need a new brake cable.
Make sure the car doesn’t pull to the side, or shake. If so, this could indicate a miss alignment, suspension and or tire problem.
Ensure the brakes stop and feels smooth without pulsating, squeaking or grinding. Also, feel to make sure the brake pedal does not sit low. If any of these conditions exist, the car may need brake work.
If the car has a clutch, make sure it does not slip or make any noise To check, put t the car in 3rd, slow down to about 15KPH to 25MPH and press the gas pedal to the floor. If the clutch is slipping, instead of the car accelerating, you will hear the motor will increase in noise like pressing the gas when the car is in neutral. If it does happens, the car will be needing a new clutch.
Check the exhaust smoke for black or blue smoke or making noise. If it is the car needs serious motor work, or in the case of a noisy exhaust, it needs part or all of the exhaust system replaced!
Try to accelerate when going up a hill. This will show the engine performance and smoothness. If the car doesn’t have enough power or feel smooth under this condition, the car may need a tune up. Be aware that this may include more serious issues as motor s or transmission problems.
Feel how the automatic transmission shifts gears. You want smooth, firm gear shifts and no unusual noises. If the motor seems to rev up between shifts, or if you notice any hesitation the transmission may need work.
Check to make sure the air conditioning blows cold air, and the heater / defroster blow warm air.
Listen for rattles and squeaks as you are driving. If you hear very many, this is a true indicator the car was driven hard or the car is getting worn out.
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