Used or new, buying a car is always a special occasion in anybody’s life. But a good deal for buying a used car include step by step inspection of the vehicle to be sure about its running condition and drivability. This will protect you from any unwanted repair bills and situations such as you stranded in the middle of the road. To address this issue we have listed out a few basic inspection checklist points to inspect the used car at home before buying. Following these inspection checklist points will make your car buying experience more informed.
The first step to inspect a car is to take a look at the exteriors. This will include walking around the vehicle and looking for scratches and dents. Also, look for a dodgy paint job. Inspect all the gaps between all the panels such as fenders and doors. Uneven gaps, generally mean either they are not assembled properly in the factory, or the car was poorly repaired. Next, use a flashlight to take a look inside the wheel wells for rusting and corrosion damage. Open and close all the doors, as well as the hood and trunk to check if they are making any unwanted noise or are not perfectly bolted with the chassis. Also, make sure to Inspect rubber seals around the doors and windows for rot or tearing.
The next step in the inspection checklist before buying a used car is to look for any cracks or large, cratered areas. Cracks on glass panels such as windows and the windscreen will only get worse with time and may require an expensive repair later.
Suspensions are one of the key mechanisms to experience wear and tear. The process to check if the suspension on the car you are about to buy is in good condition include standing back from the car and looking for slumping or sagging. Make sure to push down each corner of the car and see if the car body rebounds to its original position. If the car continues to move up and down, this is an indication that the shock absorbers of the car are not in a very good condition.
Frame damage is mostly caused in the car’s body when external accessories such as an external CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) kit is installed. The gas tank is mostly installed in the back trunk, bolted with the body. This creates permanent holes in the body which could be extremely dangerous. The poisonous smoke from under the body exhaust could enter the vehicle from these holes. Also, make sure to open the hood and check the part connecting the front fenders and the top of the radiator. This should be fixed into its place on either side with bolts and should never be welded.
The next point to check under the basic checkpoints is to inspect the exterior of the used car at home before buying. This includes checking all the lights of the vehicle such as headlamps (both low/high beams), tail lamps, third brake lamp, and fog lamps.
Tires generally show the complete picture of a car’s background when inspected carefully. Make sure that all the tires are of the same size and make. The wear and tear on the tire tread should be even across the width of the tire, on both the sides of the vehicle. If any one side of the tires looks more damaged then the other one, this could mean the car was driven recklessly by the previous owner and will require a tire replacement.
The engine is the most crucial part in the mechanics of a car. The checklist to inspect the engine include:
After making sure on the exterior front, the next step is to look inside the cabin. The basic checklist to inspect the interior of the used car you are about to buy will include:
The final step to make sure you are investing in a good vehicle is to take the car for a test drive. During the drive, check the brakes and gear shift mechanism. There should also be no serious pedal vibration, strange noises, or squeaking of the brakes. Make a sharp U-turn on a low speed to check for rattling noises from the suspensions.