Many people plan to use their tax returns to purchase a used vehicle. To help you make an informed decision, here’s a list of some things to check before buying a used vehicle.
• Checkup: Have your mechanic inspect the vehicle prior to purchasing it. If the seller will not let you have the vehicle inspected, do not buy it. Your mechanic will report to you the general condition of the vehicle. Sometimes they can determine if the vehicle has been involved in an accident.
• Mileage: The average person drives from 12,000-15,000 miles per year. You should not automatically overlook a higher mileage vehicle, but it is important to make sure the vehicle has been maintained properly.
• Tire Condition: Uneven tread may mean the vehicle needs an alignment or has suspension problems. Check for a spare in good condition.
• Body: Check for rust, cracks, dents & mismatched body panels. This could indicate frame damage.
• Inside Vehicle: Look for cigarette burns, dirty torn upholstery or carpet, missing parts.
• Check Blue Book Value: Do this to see if the asking price is reasonable.
• Time: Don’t wait until you absolutely HAVE to buy a vehicle. If you do, will feel pressured to purchase one that is either too expensive or has problems.
• Smart Buying: It’s okay to walk away from a deal. Don’t overpay what you can afford. The right vehicle is out there for you. If you have any questions, contact your regular mechanic.
Kar-Pro Service Center submits Car Corner as a way to help educate the community on the workings of the vehicles. If you have questions, call 423-638-6727.