Buying a used car can be a bit intimidating for some people, although the experience should be a pleasant one. As long as you are careful, do all the necessary checks and ask the right questions, buying used cars in Bakersfield should be a very simple process. If you are looking to buy a used car, here are some tips to help you make a mistake.
- Initial inspection
The first thing to check is the general condition of the vehicle. Does it have dings, dents, or scratches, and if so, does it affect the price? Check the condition of your tires to make sure they are roadworthy or to see if they need to be replaced soon. Check that the headlights and taillights are not damaged and check that the bodywork is not rusty. Look under your car for leaks, and even inspect your garage’s front yard or seller’s driveway for signs of an oil leak.
- Service history and mileage verification
Always ask for the vehicle’s service history and make sure it is serviced regularly in the garage and is stamped in the service books. Also check that the mileage has been recorded in the service book and make sure it matches the mileage of the vehicle. Make sure that if the owner tells you that any work has been done on the vehicle, they have receipts to prove it.
- Mechanical check
Even if the car starts smoothly, if you are not a mechanic, it will be difficult to assess the condition of the engine. It is highly recommended that a qualified mechanic return the engine and have it inspected before making a purchase.
- Test drive
The best way to get acquainted with the car is to take a test drive yourself. Then you can see how the car behaves and if it suits you. It’s also a great way to find out if there is any rattling or knocking noise in the car, and to check if everything works, for example indicators, lights, or a stereo system.