Best Ways To Check A Used Car

What is the best, most effecctive way to check a used car prior to purchase?

Since its inception, the market of used cars has suddenly escalated at an unprecedented rate for the past few years. In fact, surveys show that the number of people who buy used cars is almost tripled when compared to the number of people who buy new cars.

However, it does not necessarily mean that buyers will just take the process of selecting used cars for granted. Hence, it is important to take note of the ways to check the car prior to the closure of the deal.

Therefore, if you wish to know the different ways on checking the condition of the used car, here are some pointers:

1. Test drive

There is no better way to check the condition of the car than to do a test drive. In this way, you will be able to know the actual condition of the car and its parts like the brakes, accelerator, etc.

Also, you will be able to detect at once if there are some “clunks” and rattles on the used car, even if the test drive is just a short trip.

2. Personal inspection

Aside from test-driving, it is also important for you to personally inspect the details of the body make-up and its condition.

In this manner, you will be able to identify any signs of rusts and damages, the condition of the tires, oil leaks, etc.

One extra tip – if you can ask a friend to stand behind the car and observe the exhaust pipe carefully, while the car is idling at start up, pump the gas a few tines hard, and if your friend reports the exhaust gas appears blue-ish and has a foul smell it could be an indication the engine is burning oil – expensive repairs are awaiting !

3. Mileage check

Usually, an average user or driver will consume 25,000 to 45,000 kilometers in a year. In this way, you will be able to know the approximate age of the car by looking at its mileage. Check the tread on the car tires, a car with 25,000 kilometers on the clock but almost bald car tires should raise your suspicion!

4. Mechanic check

The best way of checking the condition of a used car prior to its purchase is to seek the help of a qualified, and New Zealand Certified Mechanic. This may cost you a little bit of money, but it will be money spent very wisely.

Simon at Complete Vehicle Services in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast is an MTA Certified Mechanic, and he is the best person who can instantly assess technically and professionally the condition of the used car you wish to buy. For Peace of Mind when purchasing a used car book your “dream-car” in with Simon and let him give it a thorough check. This way you may avoid some nasty repair bills later, and some disappointments. Call Simon now on 04 902 6066 to make an appointment or contact Simon directly at

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