How To Quickly Check A Used Car For Purchase
How to check a used car for purchase
Are you thinking of buying a used car? Learn how to quickly check out a used car for purchase with these simple steps.
1. DIAGNOSE THE CAR
If you have the OBD-II reader, you can easily diagnose a car anytime. Simply, plug it into the car (the port is usually located under the dashboard of cars since 1996). Once the the OBD-II reader has been plugged in, turn the key on but don’t start the engine. The next step is to push “read” on the device. You then have to wait a few seconds for results to appear on the auto scanner. Regardless of what model of reader you have, all the trouble codes that might be shown can be looked up from its manual or you can look it up online.
2. DRIVE CYCLE MONITOR
Next important thing that you have to do is to check the car’s monitors. Running through the drive cycle sets the readiness monitors so they can detect any emissions failures. Your vehicle’s specific drive cycle can depend on the vehicle make and model, and which monitor needs to be reset.
3. CHECK FOR OIL LEAKS
Look underneath the car using your flashlight. Check the lower part of the engine and transmission. Everything has to be dry.
Check carefully the following parts for any damages:
● Paint Condition
● Front Fender
● Door Handles
● Tire rim for damage
Check the tires to see if they have evenly worn tread or if they are cupped. If the wear is only on one side of the tire, the wheels will probably need an alignment.
Drive car for ten minutes in town and ten miles on the highway. While driving listen carefully for any noise such as buzzing, humming and clicking. Next, check the steering wheel by accelerating to 30 mph on an empty straight road and getting your hands off the wheel. You car should be able continue to drive in a straight line if there isn’t any problem with the steering wheel.
7. BRING IT TO A MECHANIC
Lastly, once you have decided that the car’s engine is satisfactory, given the above criteria, it is recommended to consult a third-party mechanic. Having an inspection performed on the vehicle can be costly but could ultimately save customers money, as the mechanical inspector is able to accurately determine the worth of the vehicle.
TIP: Have the inspection performed by a mechanic with whom you’ve built a trust/relationship.
Video by Scotty Kilmer