Buying Used Vehicles - Tips to Avoid Trouble

Monday April 14, 2014

Teresa-452px“This was great information for me while searching for my latest vehicle.” Teresa Taylor | ttaylor@peabodyinc.com Buying Used Vehicles—Tips to Avoid Trouble In the market for a new set of wheels? If so, tread lightly because buyers can be taken for a ride if they are not careful. To avoid purchasing a car with hidden problems, consider the following buying precautions: Buyer Beware!
  • Excessive wear and tear in the interior, regardless of what the odometer says, is a clue that the car has seen some miles. Look for:
      • Brake pedal pad worn through the metal beneath
      • Driver’s seat outer edge is worn through.
      • Water leaking directly under the floor mats.
  • Damp, musty odors are indications of leaks in the windshield, weather stripping or heater core.
  • Cars that ride lower in the front as compared to the back indicate worn springs
  • Vehicles that bounce when pushed on indicate worn shocks and struts.
  • Tires with worn outer edges from the front end represent the need for an alignment.
  • Clanking noises when the vehicle is in gear point towards a problem with the drive shaft universal joints.
  • Repainted body panels. Check this by looking at the colors of adjoining panels to see if they match the front fender.
  • Motor oil that is not full indicates that the engine may be leaking or burning oil.
  • Knocking and ticking sounds that increase as the engine speed increases represent major problems and costly repairs.
  • Transmission fluid that is black or brown may indicate internal damage.
  • Banging, grinding or squeaking noises indicates a damaged or broken transmission mount.
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