How To Inspect A Used Car

Finding a good sound used car has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with good sound research. That’s why we put together these tips on how to inspect a used car.

Which is best?

Before you begin your search, make a decision on the type of vehicle you want, and then identify the most reliable make and model within that type of vehicle.

Inspect the vehicle

No matter who is selling the vehicle, always look it over thoroughly and, if possible, take it to a mechanic for a complete inspection.

Condition of the body

Carefully go over the exterior of the vehicle, looking for scratches, dents and rust. Examine all the lines of the fenders and doors for misalignment, which may indicate shoddy repairs.


Walk around the vehicle, make sure it’s standing level and not sagging anywhere, a sign of damaged suspension.


Check to make sure the tires still have good tread on them and there aren’t any bald spots or unusual wear patterns.

Under the hood

Check all fluids, belts, hoses and look for leaks or wear.

Under the vehicle

Check for signs of leaks, rust or damage under the vehicle.


Make sure the interior is in good shape without damage to seats, carpet or dash.

Last but not least do some research on the dealer. Check with the Better Business Bureau for their rating and to make sure there aren’t any complaints against them. If you are buying from a private party go with your gut feeling about the person.

These are only a few of the things you should check, but it’s a start. Look the car over in detail and you will save in the long run.

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