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Inspecting A Used Car

Free Guide - 8 Tips when inspecting a used car.

How do you inspect a used car properly? If your not sure, it's ok.

This free guide will give you specific examples of what to look for.

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8 Tips when inspecting a used car.

1. Bodywork

Always carefully inspect the vehicle in good light. Keep
your eye out for corrosion or rust. Rust is probably the
most damaging thing to vehicles which are five years or
older. If you do find rust, press on it to determine how
deep it is. If it feels spongy, there are likely more serious
problems underneath.

2. Collision Damage

This one has become a lot easier in recent years. Today,
dealers provide full disclosure so beware of anyone who is
not willing to show you a Carproof or Carfax report. Nine
times out of ten, any accident will show up on these
reports, so ask for it. If you're still not sure, run your
hands along the paint and look for any inconsistencies.
Most likely, if part of the body has been repainted, it will
feel similar to very light sandpaper. Collision damage,
especially if it's minor, is not something to be worried
about, just be aware and make sure there is no structural

3. Inside the car

Check the odometer to make sure you are aware of the
mileage. It is not uncommon for a used car to have minor
scratches inside, even small rips in the seat. Keep in mind
these can easily be fixed, unless it's major or not

4. Transmission

When driving, check that the transmission changes up and
down into each gear properly under full acceleration.
You'll notice if something is wrong. If the vehicle has a
manual transmission, try gearing down at a high speed
then normal to test the synchromesh. If the gears 'crunch'
at all, you may want to investigate a little further as
gearbox replacement may be necessary.

5. Suspension

Listen for knocks over poor road surfaces. Pay attention to
how the vehicle handles. If it is "bouncy", suspect some
wear and tear in the suspension.

6. Steering

You'll want to ensure there isn't any noticeable delay
between any steering wheel movement and road wheel
movement. If the steering wheel and tires don't appear to
be in sync, you may run into problems at higher speeds, or
not pass a safety test.

7. Brakes

Any grinding noise while driving indicates the brakes may
need to be serviced or replaced. If you notice the car
shakes a bit before stopping, you'll want to have them
looked at.

8. Tires

Check the tread to ensure there this is deep enough. In
Ontario, the minimum standard is 2/32 beside the wear