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5 basic checks you need to perform before buying a second hand car


Thinking of buying a used car? With the sheer amount of options on the market, it is important to know if you've found the right car. Read ahead to know more about things to look out for before buying the car of your dreams!

1. Gauges and Warning Lights

Today’s cars rely on warning lights to alert drivers to dangers, so check to see that they’re operating properly. In some cases, dealers might tamper with a light to keep it from coming on and alerting the buyer to a potential issue. From removing bulbs to placing black tape inside the panel to conceal the light, there are many ways to keep them from lighting up, so when you start the engine, make sure all the warning lights on the dash light up.

2. “Soft” Brakes

Checking the brakes are important for your safety and others on the road. If the brakes sink too far when breaking or requires pumping, it might indicate issues with the brake fluid or even a costly repair in the future. Have the hard brake line inspected by a mechanic to check for any rust or corrosion.

3. Noisy Exhaust System

A noisy exhaust system should never be ignored as it could be a sign of underlying issues. Leaking exhaust fumes can put you and passengers at risk, and affect the lifespan of your car.

4. Failing Electrical Components

As more and more cars rely on electronics to power different components of the car, it is important to check each feature from the radio, windshield wipers, to the door locks and windows to ensure that they are functioning properly.

5. Worn Shocks or Struts

Experiencing a bit of a bounce when bringing it out on a test drive? It could indicate that the struts and shock absorbers need some attention. Bring the car to a workshop for a mechanic to inspect it further.

Come to us for a pre-purchase inspection! Our experienced mechanics will be able to notice hidden repairs that are invisible to the unaided eye, as we deliver accurate inspection reports for an ease of mind when purchasing your new car.

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