Used Car Buyer's Checklist | Triadelphia WV | Near Wheeling, WV and Pittsburgh, PA

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At Straub Hyundai, we know that sometimes the best new car is a used one. Some consumers may want to limit how much they spend on a car, while others may just want to wait and see how reliable the model has proven to be over a few years. While car-buying in general has a variety of steps to go through, buying used has a few added ones. That's why we've assembled a checklist for you to go through to help make the process a little easier. Buying used can be a smart choice, but it isn't without its risks. Follow these steps to help ensure you end up with the right used car for you!

Used Car Buyer's Checklist

✔ Do Your Research:

Before you even begin your search for a car, make sure to ask yourself if there is a certain type of vehicle that you need. By settling on what type of vehicle you want, you can narrow down the list of items to look for during the inspection. When researching for the vehicle, make sure to also find out what the most common problems are for the models you are considering.

✔ Exterior Checks:

Make sure to always double check the body condition. Walk around the vehicle and take note of any scratches, dents and rust. Make sure to also examine the body panels. Everything should line up evenly and the doors, hood and trunk should be able to easily open and close. While walking around your vehicle, also make sure to inspect the tires. All of the tires should be the same brand and should be in good condition (no cracks, bulges, scuffing or bad tread). Lastly, make sure to always check the lights. All of them should work properly and be without cracks and damages as well as no lingering moisture.

✔ Interior Checks:

When inspecting the interior, one of the first things you need to do is check for an odor. If the car smells like mold, must or mildew that could indicate a water leak or flood damage. Make sure to also check the seats to see if they are worn or have any tears in the upholstery. You also need to make sure that the seats work properly and that you can get the driver’s seat into the right position. You always need to make sure to test out the controls and instruments to make sure that they are working properly. Lastly, you need to take a look at the roof and make sure that there are no signs of staining or water leaking through a sunroof or window.

✔ Under the Hood:

When looking under the hood, you need to make sure to inspect the belts, hoses, fluids, oil and transmission fluid. Everything should be at its proper level and there should not be any cracks, leaks or water. Make sure to also look underneath the vehicle to see if anything is leaking.

✔ The Test Drive:

Probably one of the most important parts of your inspection, you need to test drive the vehicle to make sure that everything is working properly. When starting the vehicle, make sure to take note of how long it takes for the car to start and if there are any odd noises. You need to take the vehicle on a variety of different roads so that you can test it at all different speeds. Additionally, be sure to see if the transmission shifts smoothly and make sure that the brakes offer good stopping power without pulling the vehicle to either side.

✔ Paperwork and Mechanic's Inspection:

Before you close the deal on the car, you need to get the vehicle identification number (VIN) and get a Vehicle History Report. Most dealers will provide a report on all of their used vehicles. Also make sure that a trusted repair shop full inspects the vehicle before you purchase it.

If you're interested in learning more about what you should consider when buying a used car, feel free to contact us directly or stop by Cherokee County Toyota at 301 Liberty Blvd, Canton, GA 30114 today. We look forward to serving our customers from Alpharetta and the Greater Atlanta Area.