The ever increasing prices of commodities these days calls for the need to be practical in your expenses. Hence, when buying a car, think how much you will save if you opt for the second hand type. It may not be as efficient as its brand new counterpart but it will also save you from the monthly payments of a new car. There are even slightly used cars these days that are sold at a reasonable price. But to make sure you end up with a good deal, make sure that you check the following details:
Check for presence of fresh paint on the car’s door sills, boot and bonnet lines. If you sense that it feels rough, this must be done by an unskilled painterwho tried to conceal a damage resulting from a recent crash.
Tyre tread must not be less than 1.6mm. Know the legal tyre tread in your state. Opt for a car that has plenty of tread.
Welds in sills
Look for bonnet struts of marks of welds in the sills.
Asses for the car’s discs and pads and know if they are worn out. Brakes have to be smooth and must not have lip on the edges. No record type grooves must also be found. Check for signs of corrosion and make sure that there is at least 10mm of visible brake pad.
Ask for the car’s age and know its mileage so you would know how old the car is and how far it has travelled.
Check the car’s engine
Test if the car’s door lock, electric windows and lights are still working well. Try to start the vehicle and observe how fast it can start. If you notice that is has a slow door locking mechanism, this may indicate low battery power. With such battery issue, lights may also dim.
Also, check the oil, water and coolant for good levels. This shows how the car owner cared for the vehicle while in use. What about the engine’s sound, is it healthy? It must be devoid of whining, metallic or banging sounds. Lastly, check its suspension through a bounce test. If it resists and come back quickly when you push down the driver’s side front then the car’s suspension is good. If you think this part needs fixing and you are somewhere in Adelaide, check out 4wd Adelaide suspension shop where you can get the help that you need.