When you are on the lookout to buy used cars, you will have to learn to test drive them. So make sure you learn how to drive a car. If you have no driving experience, you won’t be able to tell apart a good one from a bad one. Now that we’ve gotten the obvious out of the way, let’s assume you’ve already got some driving experience and you’re about to buy your first second hand vehicle!
Test Drive The Car
Don’t ever buy a used car without taking it for a spin first. Keep in mind to be legally equipped for the drive. Make sure to have your drivers license with you and also have a look at the insurance papers of the car. If the insurance papers aren’t in order, this may spell big trouble for you in case of any accident. The problems with this car would start even before you are the owner!
When starting the car, take a good listen to the engine. Purists would say that the car needs to start in one go. However, many older cars take a second to start, but once the engine jumps on… it roars like a tiger. The sound the motor makes when it’s running is the most important here. Listen to it. If it sounds healthy, then it probably is.
Next to the engine, pay attention to the gearbox, the pedals and the steering wheel. Do they feel rusty? Do they feel flexible? The easier these things are to operate, the better the shape the car is in. If an old car has been well maintained throughout its life, it can still be a well oiled machine even at a ripe age.
If anything at all about the car feels as if it might need repairs in the future, be sure to bargain for a lower price. After all, you’re about to pay good money for this car. You certainly don’t want to pay too much!
Also pay attention to the acceleration of the car. A well maintained, old car should still have enough juice left to accelerate fairly quickly. If it feels like the car is dragging itself up to speed, then that would be an indication of plenty of wear and tear on the engine.
Another important aspect would be the brakes. If you slam down on them, the car should steadily come to a halt in a straight line. If not, then the brakes will need replacement soon. This is no laughing matter as it will cost you good money.
Overall… use your instincts to tell if the car is healthy, the same way you use your instincts to tell if a person is healthy. Use your common sense. Take a good look… and draw a sensible conclusion for yourself.
Let your conclusion be of influence on the price of the car.
Courtesy of Cheap Used Cars For Sale.