Buying a previously owned vehicle is a great way to upgrade your ride without breaking the bank. While it is a great way to save money, you have to make sure you’re investing in something that will last for years to come without any major issues. We’ve put together a guide to help you know what to look for while shopping for pre-owned vehicles.
First, look up the VIN of any vehicles you’re interested in. This is a quick and easy way to make sure the title and history match up so that you don’t run into any legal issues. This will also let you know if the vehicle has any recalls.
One of the most important things you can do before signing the papers for your vehicle is taking it for a test drive. This is one of the best ways to make sure nothing feels or sounds wrong which can indicate major problems under the hood. Check the dashboard when you turn the car on to ensure none of the maintenance lights turn on and listen for tapping or clicking sounds when the engine starts. While you’re driving, pay attention to how the brakes work and make sure the car doesn’t pull to one side.
Another easy way to check a used car is by doing a thorough inspection of the interior and exterior. Inside, you’ll want to sit in each seat to make sure it’s comfortable, all seatbelts work properly, and there are no rips or tears in the upholstery. If there is a musty smell, it’s possible water damage. When you look over the exterior, check for large dents, scratches, and patches of rust. The panels of the vehicle should all line up evenly, doors should open and close without resistance, as well as the hood and trunk. Paint overspray can indicate that parts were replaced or repaired, so watch out for that as well. Don’t forget to look underneath the car during your inspection as well. It’s normal to see water from the AC, but black, green, yellow, or pink fluids all indicate major issues.
When you’re ready to get behind the wheel of a new-to-you vehicle, give Sarasota Car Sales a call at 941-925-7150 and come visit us here in Sarasota! We are located at 1683 Cattlemen Road in Sarasota. We will help you find the perfect previously owned car, truck, or van!