Brand new cars are great, but their high price tags and quick depreciation rate can make many people apprehensive about making such a large investment. This is why used cars can be such a good choice for so many. Unfortunately, it can be all too easy to buy a used car that turns out to be nothing but a lemon – an extremely sour lemon actually! To avoid purchasing a potential lemon, follow the checklist below.
Test Drive: Never buy a used car without test driving it first. The car may look amazing on the outside, but that doesn't mean it's not a real clunker under the hood. During a test drive, make sure to drive on both local roads and highways. This is the best way to get a more accurate feel for how the car responds and performs. Another thing to check during a test drive is the condition of the brakes. Use the brakes in both long and short stops to ensure they are working as they should. Also, use your time behind the wheel to listen for any unusual sounds and to make sure all electronics are working properly.
Check For Leaks: A car that leaks (anywhere!) is a major red flag. During your test drive, stop to park the car in a clean area on the road, and let it run for a good 30 seconds. Then, check underneath the car for any signs of a leak. Look for these fluid colors:
Black – oil leak
Green – antifreeze leak
Pink – transmission leak
Mechanic Inspection: One thing you should always do before buying a used car is have it inspected by a mechanic or certified technician. Having a mechanic inspect the car is the only real way to know if there are any hidden or potential problems – otherwise you risk huge costs down the road with things like engine and transmission repairs. Seeing a professional mechanic can also help assist you I determining the car's value so you can ensure you are getting a good deal.
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Internet Auto Rent & Sales in Boise sells used cars, trucks and SUVs that are like new that include Chrysler, Ford, Hyundai, Chevy, Dodge, Ram, Nissan, Honda, BMW, Toyota and many more. We are located in Boise, ID, near to Meridian and Nampa.
This entry was posted in Internet Auto Rent & Sales Boise and tagged used cars, used car dealer, car buying tips, boise used cars, on 05/31/2016 at 4:24 PM