What You Need to Know About Inspecting a Used Car

Whether you are buying a used car in Waterloo from our dealership or are buying a used car from a private party, it's important that you inspect the vehicle yourself before you buy it in order to make sure that it is safe and up to par with what you're expecting. Here are some tips that our mechanics put together to help you safely inspect a used car in Kitchener before you buy it:

Check the Paint

One of the best ways to tell if a car has been in an accident is to check the paint. If the paint is new, then chances are good that the vehicle has undergone some repair. It's okay to ask the owner or dealer what kind of damage occurred on the vehicle. You may also want to get your hands on a report of the vehicle by reviewing the VIN number, which is located on the inside of the car door and on the dashboard of the car.

Look for Rust

Some paint jobs may suitably cover up rusty spots. However, it is still important for you to do your best to look for rust. If a vehicle has signs of rust, then you need to look closer. Sometimes, even a small rusty spot can be a sign of weak metal or of a larger hidden problem. Look on the exterior of the car itself as well as in the wheel wells.

Step Inside

Look inside of the car for signs of damage to the upholstery, including the ceiling. It can be expensive to repair fabrics on the interior of cars, especially if they need to be completely replaced because of wear and tear.

Touch the Oil

When you own a car, you may never have to actually touch the oil while you're changing or inspecting it. However, if you are about to make a major car purchase, it's time to get dirty. Remove the dipstick and rub a small amount of the oil between your fingers. The oil should feel smooth. If there are particles of any type in the oil, this could be an indication of engine trouble.

Go for a Test Drive

Make sure that the engine starts at once. Slam on the brakes (they should stop immediately). Check the emergency brake to make sure it works. Shift through all of the gears, even if the car is automatic. Listen for unusual sounds, such as clinking or grinding.

For more information about how to inspect a used car in Guelph, visit us at www.milburnautosales.com or stop by to speak with one of our mechanics. We're always happy to make sure that your vehicle is safe and that you have peace of mind when you buy with us.

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