Have your own time to judge a car.
After all you are going to spend your hard earned money. It should not go wasted on a futile product. You must spend enough time with plenty of daylight to test each car. Taking a friend while going for a test drive will help you to select the right car. Never bring kids and pets.
Judging a used car may become difficult. You may come across to different problems while selecting for a used car. Try to consider the following steps:
Inspecting a car during the darkness may hide all its faults. It is a healthy choice to inspect a vehicle during daytime. Daylight helps your visual examination. Choose to delay if the day you have decided to go for inspecting a car turns to be a rainy day. Rain makes thin, worn paint look shiny and bright. It also shields the prior paint work.
Tires keep a vehicle on the road.
If it is not good in condition then how can you think of going further? You may check the conditions of all the tires and engine before starting the vehicle. You may examine the tires for their inflation, exposed belts, cracks, and bald spots. In case a car does have bald spots then it indicates that the dealer has not taken its proper care.
Sometimes when an interested buyer gets into the car, he complains about foul odors like smell of cigarettes, cigars, pet’s urine. If this happens with you too, then never go for the same product. Go on to the next one.
See if the car is providing you every feature that is necessary for the safe drive like comfortably getting in and out of the car and are you able to sit comfortably to reach to the pedals? Speedometer should be visible through the steering wheel, steering should be adjustable.
Your selected vehicle should ensure your comfort level in case of long drives.
Its seat should be adjustable. You can examine your seat according to an airbag clearance. An airbag clearance is the distance from the center of the steering wheel to your chin. You may opt for a power steering and power adjustable seat too. Such seats are great companion and comfortable too on a long trip as it provides great visibility and control.
Ensure that the brakes, clutch and accelerator are not a hindrance in your careful and comfortable driving. Many people never concentrate on the driver’s armrest. You must see that your right hand armrest should not interfere with the gearshift. It can happen with the expensive cars too.
Ensuring about entertainment feature is also must.
You may check that all radio and CD operations work well. There should not be a problem for you to reach the sound system controls while driving.
Driver’s safety is ensured if the car guarantees you for good visibility. Personal blind spots include rear view mirrors, your personal height and the position of the driver’s seat. You may check for the blind spots. You may do this by looking through the windows and mirrors.
Check for the back seats for comfort. If you love to play golf on weekends then you may check that your golf clubs fit nicely into the trunk.
Check for the horns buzzing too if you could listen to any distortion.
There are many stereos that can not be repaired and if replaced then cost over $1400. Try to operate each switch and system.
You may lower and raise every window. Your car must have manual, good spare tire, jack and tire tool.
A car engine is responsible for the smooth running of the car. You may check that its engine should start easily without giving you the jerks and should accelerate without hitches. It is better to examine the 4WD in case of the four wheels drive vehicles. It ensures you that the engine gets operated easily followed by examining its gearshift. They should operate smoothly too. If it is vibrating under your seat, then leave that vehicle and switch on to the next. You may feel the vibrations in some inexpensive models as they have automatic transmissions that keep on vibrating all the time. No one can stay with such disturbances. You need to change the motor and trans axle mounts if you hear a disturbing sound while putting the car in gear.
You may busy the handbrakes and then try to accelerate to see if it is working properly or not.
Hand brakes can cost over $500 if they do not work properly. You may check working of the heater as well as working of an AC by turning them on high. If it is a 4- and 6- cylinder models then its air conditioning can create a problem for smooth working of the engine and acceleration. As soon as you will turn on the AC, you could listen to the difference in the engine noise. If you want to test the AC for its heating, then you may do that by turning on the rear defogger grid and may touch the glass.
If you are examining the windshield for chips and cracks then do examine the wiper blades too. If its blades are good in condition then you can have a cool breath. The car you are going for has well kept by its dealer. You may check the rear wipers and washers on SUVs, station wagons and hatchbacks.
If the car stops in between when you are taking a test derive in it, then the dealer may complaint you to have violated the equipments of the vehicle. You can escape this by prior checking that the sales person is carrying a copy of the dealer’s insurance card with him.