CHECK SERVICE RECORDS FIRST
The service records are not always available for all used cars, but if it is available it helps you to know whether the vehicle was maintained regularly or not. It lets you know about the mileage and how frequently the oil changes were done. Once you get to know about the oil change records, it becomes easier for you to know the condition of the engine. If the oil changes were not done on time means that the engine would be worn out. Another thing that the records can help you out with is the timing belt. If the timing belt was replaced, it is good for the car. If not, it cost you a good amount of money. Timing belts are usually changed between 60,000 to 100,000 miles.
VISUAL INSPECTION FOR SIGNS
Check the car from inside-out for all things necessary before purchasing the used car. This includes checking for leakages, corrosion, burnt oil smell, engine oil level, coolant level etc. This would help understand how the previous owner has maintained the car and you can get most of the idea about the true condition of the car. If you find any of these signs, it is probably not a good idea to purchase that car.
CHECK FOR MODIFICATIONS MADE
This is a really important thing to check before purchasing a used car. If the used car has been modified, there are chances it is either for the good of the car or to use it for racing or enhance the power. But if it is the latter case, it would mean that the car would face many problems. Plus, there would be a problem in finding the parts for the car.
CHECK ENGINE LIGHT
When you start the car for a test drive or just to check, make sure all the warning lights turn off after the car is started. If the check engine light is one about the car is started, it means that there is something wrong with the car related to engine or the engine itself. It could be anything a minor problem or something major that can cost a large amount of money.
WHO CAN HELP YOU?
If you don’t have much knowledge about the car and want to get a professional opinion, hire a local mechanic or a mobile mechanic near you to get the used car inspection done. The used car inspection is really important as you spend your hard earned money hoping that the car would last for a couple of years without causing any major problems that can cost a lot of money. It is best to get a professional opinion about the car before making the purchase.