Buying a new car is always a process. No matter if you’re getting rid of your late 90s Corolla or upgrading from the company car, there are always a lot of options on the car market for prospective buyers. If you’re purchasing a used car, the variables that can affect that car’s performance and how reliable it will be in the future can become exponential.
In this blog, we cover some of the things you should consider checking before purchasing your next car.
- Look at the Wheels and Rims
Looking at the wheels and rims of your prospective car can tell you a lot about the condition and upkeep that the previous owner kept it under. If the rims have heavy scratches or scraping, it can be a good indicator that it was parked on city blocks for a good portion of its life. This can indicate additional issues, such as paint quality, wax levels, and other problems stemming from having a car kept outdoors. Significant scraping or missing parts of an alloy rim can mean that there is a poor seal between the wheel and the rim.
- What’s the Mileage?
When you want to choose a used car that will last for a long time, an easy indicator of the life left in a car can be the mileage. Of course, there are other, more nuanced factors that affect the performance and lifespan of a vehicle. A car that’s gone 100,000 miles or less can still have many years of life left in it. When you get a car with 50,000 miles or less, you can expect its performance and handling to still be of high quality.
- Ensure All Lights are Working
Before you buy your next car, make sure all of the lights are working. If you’re test driving during the day, it’s possible that the car could have a head or tail light out. When you check all of these lights and make the previous owner or dealership replace them for you, you can save yourself a few bucks.
- Check the Oil
We can’t stress this point enough. You don’t want to purchase a vehicle that hasn’t had its oil changed recently. Not only will it not perform well for you, but it also falls in line with the idea that we hit on in tip 3 — you don’t want to be stuck paying for things directly after investing in a new (used) car.
- Take it for a Test Drive
Taking your next car for a test drive will tell you a lot about it. You’ll know whether or not you like the seats, if the AC or heat works well, if the turn signals stick, or if it has all of the features you’re looking for in the media system. Testing your car out seems like a no-brainer, but if you don’t, you could be putting yourself at risk of driving a car that you’re not truly comfortable in.
Here’s an infographic we put together to summarize the five tips we covered in this blog:
We hope these tips can be helpful in your next car buying experience. If you’re having trouble with your current vehicle, we provide auto glass repair service in Bucks County, PA. The next time you need back windshield replacement in Bucks County or the surrounding areas, think Auto Glass Fitters!
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