Used Car Inspection Tips

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Finding a previously owned vehicle that is in optimal condition is a challenging task. You could end up paying for something that you regret later if you don’t follow a thorough, used-car inspection. We’ve created this quick guide to help you inspect the vehicle you’re interested in buying, and it should help in avoiding any headaches:

Conduct general research

Do some homework before going to the dealership or searching for used cars online. Prepare a list of vehicles that you’re interested in and compare each car’s features. Know about their most common repair issues and how much it would cost to get any repairs done.

Be aware of current rates

Even when looking for the same model, prices may vary depending on the manufacturing year and other factors. Mileage and other features play an essential part in determining the price of a vehicle. Take a look at the vehicle’s Kelley Blue Book price rating to get a better idea of how much the car you’re interested in costs.   Also, determine if there were any recalls.

Ask as many questions as you need

Don’t be shy about asking questions. When conducting a used-car inspection, ask questions, as many as you need to, to gain clarity about the car you’re interested in. Some basic questions you need to ask the seller: current miles, vehicle condition if it’s a clean title or has been salvaged, why the car is being sold, and how many previous owners it’s had.

Assess the vehicle

Start your used car inspection with a physical assessment of the car. Keep your eyes open for any scratches, rust, or visible damages. Request to take the car to a mechanic so they can provide you with a more detailed analysis of the car. This step is crucial to avoid having to make unexpected repairs you could’ve prepared for had you taken the vehicle to a mechanic.

Go on a test drive

What better way to run a proper used car inspection than to take it out for a spin? Get behind the steering wheel and test the tire alignment, brakes, wipers, air conditioner, heater, windows, lights, and audio system. Listen for any odd noises while you’re on the road.

Check the history report

Some auto dealers don’t disclose the history of the car to ensure a successful sale. But a report is necessary for a proper, used car inspection. If the dealer doesn’t provide you with one, you can always obtain a report online. All you’ll need is the 17-digit VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), which can be found on one side of the front window.

Consider different financing options

Most auto dealers offer financing options; however, speak to your bank first as they may be offering a lower interest rate. Don’t settle for the first number they give you. After all, one of the benefits of buying a used car is the lower price you should be able to obtain it for. Why pay for the first option the dealer gives you when you could have a lower interest rate?

Follow your instinct

The last piece of advice to run a successful used-car inspection focuses on you. Follow your instincts. Does anything seem off? Do you trust the seller? Buying a car is a big commitment and you shouldn’t make an investment unless you’re 100% sure the vehicle you’re interested in passes the inspection tips in this guide.

Follow these tips to help ensure a better shopping experience. Your next step is to get auto insurance, and that’s where Infinity Insurance can help you. We have different options to meet your budget and needs. Call one of our friendly agents at 1-800-INFINITY to learn more about our different auto insurance plans or visit our website to receive a quote within minutes.

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