If you are thinking about buying a new car you need to know what to look for so you don’t buy a lemon. Buying a used car should be easy and a pleasant experience. Below is a quick checklist of things you should look for when you buy a new or used car.
☐ Electrical components- Check the AC, radio, heat, and other components in the vehicle. That way there are no surprises when you get it home.
☐ Engine Oil Cap -Open the engine oil cap and look inside for oil sludge-the thick black build-up on internal parts.
☐ Battery- Check for acid wear and tear around the battery as this indicates that the car has not been maintained properly.
☐ Leaks – After the test drive, park the car on a clean surface for at least 30 minutes. Check that there are no oil leaks from the engine or gearbox.
☐ Engine- The engine should purr and not make any spluttering or knocking noises, especially while changing gears.
☐ Brakes- Apply brakes at the speed of 30-40 mph to check that the car stops in a straight line. Take the car on a slope and apply the handbrake to ensure that it’s working properly.
☐ Tires- Look for wear and tear as well as the alignment. If tyres are not in a good condition, there is a chance of bargaining for up to Rs 1,000.
☐ Exhaust- Emission of blue smoke when you start the car may indicate engine problems. Black smoke means the engine consumes too much fuel, which could be due to a problem with the fuel injection.
☐ Paint – Any deviation in the paint work of the body of the car indicates that it had been in an accident and had required repair work.
Make sure to print out this checklist and take it to the dealership with you. It is easy to get caught up in the moment and forget important details.