5 must-check parts when buying a used car

12/12/2017

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If you are interested in buying a pre-owned car, read our article to know 5 parts to check before reaching your wallet.

Buying a used car is not easy as many thinks, it is actually a tricky proposition. Car salesmen, especially used car sellers are infamous for their ruses to sell their products as quick as possible. Therefore, if not being alert enough, car buyers easily stumble into their traps.

But don’t worry, Naijauto will let you know 5 parts to check before buying a used car and you can avoid nasty tricks from car salesmen.

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How to check used cars for accidents, repainting auto body damage 

1. Check the exterior

When buying a used car, you need to pay attention to its exterior and this part is also the first thing appears in our eyes. You should make sure that the vehicle is parked in a large enough space so you can check the exterior more easily and carefully. Here are some must-check areas in the car exterior:

  • Front fascia:

Look at the fender and check if it was replaced. If there are any signs of a new fender, it could indicate that the car has been wrecked.

  • Paint:

Check for any rust, dents or scratches carefully because these parts are usually repainted to hide the car‘s shabbiness and deterioration.

Scratches on the car paint

Check the rust, dents or scratches carefully because these parts are usually repainted to hide the car‘s shabbiness and deterioration

  • Tires:

The car tires should be in an acceptable status for using. If not, you will have to spend some more money on the replacement.  

  • Trunk:

If a car was properly maintained, its trunk would be in a good condition. So check the trunk to know how the previous owner treated his/her car.  

2.  Interior

Although you are buying a secondhand car, its interior also needs to be in good or at least acceptable condition. This area is considered as one of the most important parts of a car as it provides the driver and passengers space, seatings and other convenient functions. If the car has a low-qualified interior, you should reconsider buying it or require the seller to lower the price tag.

A car interior

Although you are buying a secondhand car, its interior also needs to be in good

or at least acceptable condition

An essential part you need to check in the interior upholstery which might be subject to tears, rips, and stains. Also, make a point of inspecting seaters; heater and the air-conditioner system. Especially, remember to check the odometer to get how long the car was used and how far it has been gone. Sometimes, a small number on the odometer might not be a good sign because this car might have been in the garage for a long time without being used.

3. The beneath

It is very advisable to have a look at the part under the car body.  You might find some pieces of evidence of deterioration hidden in this area.  You should inspect the car frame for signs of any replacement, bends or cracks as results of crashes.  For the exhaust system, if it has black spots, it could be leaked.  Also, don’t forget to check the tailpipe whether it has much grime or not by running your finger inside it.

Beneath parts of a car

It is very advisable to have a look at the part under the car body

4.  The engine

A car engine shouldn’t have signs of being damaged, rust or excessive dents to show that it has been well preserved. If you spot any sign of corrosion or leaks, write it down and check the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) to check whether the engine is genuine or not. Besides, belts and hoses of the engine also should not be soft or cracked.  

Take a look at the oil filler cap, if it has a foamy residue, it means there are some leaks or the engine has been broken.

A car engine

A car engine shouldn’t have signs of being damaged, rust or excessive dents to show

that it has been well preserved

Last but not least, check the transmission fluids and oil. The oil must be light brown and the liquid is red or pink. Complete your engine test by inspecting the timing belt for excessive looseness or cracks.

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5.  Controls

One thing you must do when buying a pre-owned car is requiring for and taking a test drive to know whether it is still in good condition or not. The car should run smoothly and experience no bump or jerk when shifting the gear whether it is run by an automatic or manual transmission. Repairing this part is not cheap at all.

Speed up the car and pay attention to its steering wheel’s vibrations. If it is too high, you may have to pay a big bill for buying a new one.

Driving a car

One thing you must do when buying a pre-owned car is requiring for and taking a test drive to know whether it is still in good condition or not

A good way to check the car’s performance is finding a spacious area to run and accelerate the car to feel the driving sense and how the car runs. Squeals, a tendency to pull one direction or strange noises are initial signs of a possibly dangerous and worn braking system.

Hopefully, our article will be useful and informative for you. And if you are seeking a secondhand vehicle to purchase, click here to see our list of used cars for sale in Nigeria at the best price.

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