Do you remember when you went to purchase your first car? Or maybe someone went and bought it for you. This article is going to speak towards purchasing a used car, while maybe not new, it is new to you! When you approach purchasing your first car think of it like a game of poker, as you enter the room keep eye contact with the seller and try to read them to get the best deal. It is the same as being at the casino, if you can read the bluff your chances of winning increase.
When looking for a car it is important to make sure that you are keen to your senses, you will be using your eyes, ears, and sense of smell when purchasing a used car. Never hesitate to ask question!
The casino and purchasing your first car both involve some level of risk, you never know if you are going to purchase a lemon or at the casino strike it big. You just want to make sure that you make a decision that you are comfortable and can live with.
Assessing the car is very important, you should check the undercarriage and under the hood for any rust. Rust if found, is like cancer it spreads very easily and needs to be contained and taken care of to avoid larger problems.
Take a look at the body for any bubbling in the paint or waves in the paint; this would suggest that there was something incorrectly repaired. The seller may have fixed these imperfections so that they would not have hurt the value of the vehicle.
Next, look at the motor and mechanical parts under the hood of the car. The engine should be relatively clean from motor oil. If you see large buildups of oil in an area then chances are a head gasket will need to be replaces because of an oil leak.
Examine all of the electrical and rubber components to ensure that there are no cracks. Cracks in rubber mean that the rubber is old and dried out and most likely will need to have some type of repair in the near future.
If you are purchasing the car from a seller see if they have all the receipts for any work that has been done on the vehicle. This will give you a pretty good idea at how well the car was maintained and if there were any major repairs performed.
Another important piece of advice is to make sure to take the car for a good test drive. Do not be afraid to drive the car a little hard with the owner with you in the car, chances are they will understand, if they object then maybe there is something with the car they are trying to hide and you should move on to another car.
Some say that purchasing a used car is a gamble but with the right questions and research you can make the safest bet. Do not get impulse to buy and you will be assured you are not taking a gamble.
I remember buying my first car, it was a 1990 Chevrolet cavalier and it was the best car I ever owned.
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