Checklist for Buying A New Car

 

Buying a used car is a great way to save money. It’s important, though, to carefully inspect the vehicle to ensure you won’t have to pay for expensive repairs anytime soon.

Use this checklist to select a used car that is still in good shape:

Check under the vehicle for leaks.

Use a magnet to ensure all the body panels are made with steel.

Look for signs of rust.

The trunk, hood, and doors should be properly aligned.

There are no scratches or dents.

The headlights, windshield wipers, and turn signal work.

The tires are evenly worn, have no cracks, and are all made by the same manufacturer.

Check the oil dipstick to ensure the oil isn’t dark or thick.

Check for signs of leaks on the engine.

Test the doors, trunk, power windows, and sunroof.

The gauges, heat, AC, and radio should work.

All the seats should have seat belts and show no signs of damage.

Lift the carpet or pads to look for damage or rust.

The chassis shouldn’t be bent or damaged.

The transmission fluid should be clear and the transmission shouldn’t slip or make noises.

There is no odor in the car.

Test drive the car and go above 60 mph to ensure it doesn’t shake,

The disc brake rotors have no signs of damage.

There is no corrosion on the battery terminals.

There is no odor when the engine is running and the exhaust emission isn’t black or blue.

Check the oil dipstick to ensure the oil isn’t dark or thick.

Check for signs of leaks on the engine.

Test the doors, trunk, power windows, and sunroof.

The gauges, heat, AC, and radio should work.

All the seats should have seat belts and show no signs of damage.

Lift the carpet or pads to look for damage or rust.

The chassis shouldn’t be bent or damaged.

The transmission fluid should be clear and the transmission shouldn’t slip or make noises.

There is no odor in the car.

Test drive the car and go above 60 mph to ensure it doesn’t shake,

vibrate, make noises, or drift to one side even when you don’t steer.

Ask for the car manual, maintenance record, and car title.

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