At one point or another, everyone has used car questions. One of the most common ones is based around how to inspect a used car before buying. In the end, it's not that difficult, especially if you know what to look out for. For starters, there are sound, general practices to follow, such as:
- Take the vehicle for a road test. If possible, travel on a variety of roads -- such as residential, country and highway -- to get a better feel how the car handles at different speeds and conditions.
- Purchase a vehicle history report to alert you to indications of flood damage, severe accidents and other red flags.
- Ask for maintenance and repair records from the seller.
- If the mechanic identifies weaknesses in the car that need immediate repair, you can use this information to negotiate a lower price with the seller.
- The mechanic may also see that the vehicle has been poorly maintained, and alert you that you’ll be looking at multiple repair jobs in the near future. Again, you could use this get a better price. Or, you may just want to pass on the car, and save yourself the money and hassle of dealing with a lot of repair work.
Last updated June 6, 2018