Buying a used car can at times be a bit of a crap shoot. Most used cars are sold “as is" with no warranty or guarantee. The car you buy today may very well fall apart tomorrow. But by knowing a little about what to watch for, you can improve your odds of buying a car that still has plenty of life left in it.
The first tip is to not judge a book by its cover. If a car is beat up on the outside, that's one thing. But if the interior is in good shape and the engine runs well, then it's a sign that the owner probably took good care of it while the exterior simply took some bad hits.
However, a car with an excessively damaged body could result in a bent frame which can be dangerous. When test driving the vehicle, check to make sure that the car doesn't pull to one side or the other and that it runs straight.
The next tip is to consider reputation. Certain brands of cars are known for their reliability and long lasting nature. Some manufacturers have been around for quite awhile and have built a strong reputation for long-lived motors. Japanese imports, for example, are built to high standards and, therefore, are often able to go well beyond 200,000 miles.
Luxury vehicles especially, in order to create as smooth a ride as possible, are machined to such a high precision that often even a poorly cared for car will have an engine that just never dies.
The third tip is to consider having a third-party auto shop give the car a look over. You will likely have to pay out of your own pocket, but if you start getting serious about purchasing a particular vehicle, spending a hundred dollars or so now could save you potentially thousands of dollars in future repair costs.
And if the mechanic finds everything is in working order, then you've purchased yourself some peace of mind knowing that the car is likely to give you plenty of miles of usefulness.
Looking for used cars can be time consuming and, at times, rather trying. But knowing beforehand what to look for will save you both time and money in the long run. Good luck on finding that perfect used car!
The Brent Brown Automotive Group (http://www.brentbrownauto.com ) is the auto dealer of choice when it comes to used cars in Utah Valley . Visit their website, browse their inventory, and find a great deal on a used car today! Billings Farnsworth is a freelance writer.