6 Things to Check When Buying a Used Car

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When you’re looking for a used car, it’s important to give due diligence. You don’t have to be a car expert to make sure that you are getting your money's worth. Make sure to check these six things.

1. The Price
Check Kelley Blue Book to make sure that the advertised price is fair. Take into consideration any dents, scratches, and function issues. 

2. Fluids
The brake fluid should be clear, slightly yellow, or at worse, a tea color. Oil should not be opaque, coolant should be clear and transmission fluid should be red or purplish. Verify that none of the fluids are leaking.

3. Brakes
Check the brakes during a test drive. When you stop, they should not make any noises and the car should not shake. Test how quickly they stop making stopping suddenly.

4. Air Conditioning and Heating
For some, air conditioning and heating are negligible but if you live in areas with extreme weather, these are non-negotiable. Turn the heat all the way up and then turn the air conditioner on to make sure that they are both working properly.

5. Exterior
Check for any dents and scratches that were not mentioned in the advertisement. Also, check the tires to make sure they are not bald. If there are any dents, scratches, or bald tires don’t be afraid to ask for a discount.

6.Vehicle History
This is one of the most important thing to check. The vehicle history will let you know how many accidents it has been in. Knowing the vehicle's history will also protect you from odometer and salvage fraud. You can check the history on Carfax.
Neglecting to carefully inspect a used car before you buy it can result in paying hundreds or thousands more in repairs down the road. Not only should you visually inspect each car you consider, but also test drive them and, if still interested, take it to a mechanic to have them check it out.

By: Alecia Stanton

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