Going to marketplaces and inspecting used cars yourself is the best way to understand about cars, whether you have the intention to buy one or not. Some seasoned car enthusiasts could be even as knowledgeable as experts.Needless to say, it’s not as easy as buying a new one.
Going out there in the market and check out used cars is the best way to understand about cars
Whether or not the car is in a good condition can be seen through very subtle details. Below are some tips on buying used cars from experienced used car buyers all over the country with which you can spot critic car defects that car sellers want to hide, thus having the leverage to either negotiate the price down or get rid of the deal altogether.
1. The car has to have a known origin
This is crucial because you wouldn’t want to be involved with some legal processes in the future that has caused by this very car in the past. It is essential to check the registration number, driving licensing, insurance certificate (if any), etc. and cross-check that with the seller’s ID.
Doing the business directly with the owner would be the best case scenario. But that doesn’t mean you can blindly close the deal right away. There are some companies specialized in reincarnating rundown cars from old taxi companies. Their job is buying shabby cars, polishing them and sell them back to the market.
- Our advice: Try to avoid buying through unofficial handwritten agreement even if you’re doing business with the person you trust. Always go to a government authority location.
2. Inspect the body
Almost all used cars are polished before it is shown to the potential buyers. Here are our tips on this:
- Pay attention to the inner side of the door handle, the side door latches and hooks. If they are too threadbare, meaning this car has been used for too long.
- The next thing to look for is the joints that connect the casing, the folding edges of the door or glass door, slope, and fenders. These are places where water and mud are often stained, therefore prone to rust. In the case of a crashed car, there are even some sloppy welds as a result of the bodywork.
- In addition, there is a special line on the edges of the doors call “glue line”. This gel line should remain intact if the car has never been hit.
- What’s more, you should also check the headlights, tail lights and electrical system. Specifically, if you think the electrical system has been inappropriately modified, skip that car and move on to the next one quickly.
3. Check out the interior
Many buyers got dazzled by the glossy, brand-new looking interior of a used car. However, sometimes it’s a sign for you to take a step back and reevaluate the situation. Maybe, just maybe, the car is too shabby that the owner had to make it extra glossy so that it would look better.
Maybe the car is too shabby that the owner had to make it extra glossy so that it would look better
Pay attention to the following points when checking out the interior:
The most exposed part is the tableau. So if it shows signs of fracture or faded colors, the car is too old.
- Inspect the seats carefully, especially the driver seat. If it’s around for too long, the cushion will be indented or torn. If it is a leather seat, the skin is cracking or peeling
- Check the quality of the composite, plastic parts.
- Check if the wool ceiling is new.
- If it has changed hands too many times, there will be a distinct smell that’s impossible to get rid of.
- If it’s been used, the locks would be badly deformed.
- Check the clutch pedal, accelerator pedal and brake pedal if they are worn out.
- Check if the air condition works properly.