Test Driving A Used Car
Nothing is quite as
exciting as purchasing a new car. Even
if it's a "used" new car. Don't get too
caught up in the pretty shiny metal and
chrome, it's what's under the hood that
counts. Take a serious test drive before
you make a decision. Used cars bought
from a private owner don't have any
warranty with them. You don't want to
buy someone else's problem.
Do you homework. There
is a lot of help available on line when
you're purchasing a used car. You'll
have the vin or vehicle identification
number. With this number you can pull up
a vehicle history through your state. Do
a search for the model and year of your
car online. Were there any specific
complaints or call backs on this
The first place you
should test drive this car is to your
trusty mechanics shop. With a bit of
notice he'll be glad to set a bit of
time aside to go over the car with you.
He'll take a look at your car with a
keen and unprejudiced eye.
Take with you whatever
service records are available on the
car, these will help your mechanic
understand the vehicles past. Your
mechanic will check the hoses and belts
and condition of the oil. These are easy
fixes if they need changing or
replacing. Your mechanic will check the
radiator fluid for coolant level and to
make sure the fluid is going to protect
in severe cold conditions. He'll see how
much oil, if any is present on the
engine. Perhaps the car has been burning
oil. He'll check the transmission fluid.
Another thing he'll
check is the lights, inside on the dash,
and outside to make sure they work.
He'll check shocks, breaks and tires and
He'll take a look at
the body. Is there any rust underneath
on the frame? Does all the paint match,
or has the car been repainted? Is
everything in alignment? Do the doors
open and shut properly?
Let your mechanic take
the car out for a test drive. He may be
able to pick up subtle things, perhaps a
shutter or hesitation, or hear a sound
that you may not. His is the best advice
you're going to get in this situation.