USED CAR, TRUCK, SUV AND CROSSOVER VEHICLE BUYING GUIDE
OUR USED VEHICLE BUYING GUIDE CAN HELP YOU FIND THE PERFECT PRE-OWNED VEHICLE IN THE CHICAGO AREA
Buying a used car for yourself is an exciting experience, but you have to be thorough with your processes. You have to check for certain issues that may arise with used or even certified vehicles, and you have to ask questions to ensure that you get a peach instead of a lemon. The following buying tips are 10 of the most common items and issues you must review before you make an automobile purchase.
One of the most important things to look out for when you are examining a vehicle is leaks. You will need to look under the vehicle and under the hood for oil leaks, antifreeze leaks, transmission fluid leaks and brake fluid leaks. A leak in any of those systems can indicate a severe need for expensive repairs. It's possible that such leaks only require an inexpensive tube replacement, but you can have the dealership replace it if you find it before you buy the car.
Tires and Brakes
Examine the tires for tread loss, bubbles, exposed threading and irregular wear. Check the braking distance that you have when you test-drive the vehicle. Listen for squeaking or squealing sounds when you brake, as well. They can indicate a need for new brake pads even if you don't detect any other problems.
Lights and Accessories
Make sure that all of the lights work to avoid accidents and tickets once you get on the road. Test the headlights, turn signals, brake lights and so forth. A replacement of the bulb or fuse is usually inexpensive.
Transmission and Power
A loss of power can indicate a number of problems such as a blown head gasket, cracked head or failing transmission. When you test-drive the vehicle, you'll need to pay close attention to the level of power that it has while you are driving. If you feel as though the power that you have is not good, you can request a compression test.
Listen to the car while it is idling with the hood up. There are three major sounds that you want to listen to, and those are valve taps, rod knocks and sputters. These sounds can indicate problems that can range from minor issues to the need for major engine work.
Accident history is something else you should find out about when you are checking the car. You can get this information from the dealership or the seller of the vehicle. You can ask the salesperson to give you the information, as well. A CARFAX report may have the information listed for you.
Sometimes, it's good to know how many people have owned the car before you. Fewer is better than more because you trace the car's history better. Inquire about the owners if you get a chance.
You'll want to find out if the vehicle has been recalled for any reason. You will also need to know if the vehicle has received its recall repairs. If not, then you may want to forego purchasing the vehicle.
You can request the repair history so that you know what has been done to the car and what still needs to be done to the car. The dealership or previous owner can supply that for you if you ask.
Wear and Tear
Finally, you need to check general wear and tear that accumulates over many miles. These are cosmetic things like paint chips, dashboard cracks, stains and the like. They can all decrease the value of the vehicle.
Now that your have our used car buying checklist, your chances of getting a good pre-owned car, truck, SUV or crossover vehicle have increased. Be sure to check out the quality pre-owned vehicles available from Webb Auto Outlet. Stop by our dealership today and see why used car buyers from Palos, Chicago Ridge, Hickory Hills, Burbank, Oak Forest, Alsip, Hickory Hills, Bridgeview, New Lenox, Naperville and Midlothian come here to buy a pre-owned vehicle.