5 Things to Watch for Buying a Used Car

August 23rd, 2018 by

There are many benefits to buying a used car, the reduced cost being the best one. However, used car buying does require careful research and an in-depth car buying process. Be sure to look out for the following things when considering a previously owned car.


Many used car buyers are so focused on the mechanics of the car that they only do a quick glance over of the car’s exterior. While the exterior defects may not be as troublesome as the mechanical components of the car, they are still important to evaluate. Used cars sometimes come with minor scratches or dings that do not affect the quality of the car too much.

However, you will want to look for any signs of exterior rust. Rust can indicate body damage and it can be a very expensive thing to fix. Be sure to check for rust on visible places, as well as harder to view areas such as on the underbody carriage.


It is also important to check the condition of the tires. Of course, you could always replace them after buying the vehicle but many drivers do not realize that a brand new set of tires is expensive. If the tires are worn, the pricing should reflect that.

Evaluating the tires can also provide you with additional information about the car. If the tires are worn down, yet the car has low mileage, it is possible that the odometer is not accurate. If one tire is more significantly worn than the others, it is likely that the car is not properly aligned.

Vehicle’s History

Fortunately, the internet has made it easier than ever to check the accident history of a used car. With the VIN number, you can pull up useful information about a used car. Evaluating a car’s history report is the best way to find out information about it. This report can also notify you if the car has been in a major car accident and currently has a salvage title. Additionally, car reports have the estimated odometer reading listed. Finding a used car with a clear history report can be a smart purchase.

Engine Sounds

Scheduling a test drive is a crucial part of purchasing a used car. During the test drive, you will want to keep interior sounds to a minimum so you can listen for any odd sounds under the hood. Listen for any grinding, clunking, or screeching noises. These types of noises could indicate that there is a mechanical problem and this can result in expensive repair costs.

Inquire About the Purchase

Depending on where you purchase the used car, it is possible that there are incentives included. For example, purchasing a used car with a warranty can protect you against expensive mechanical problems. Used cars that come with a warranty are often a great deal. Be sure to request information about what the warranty covers and for how many miles it is offered.

Buying a used car can be a smart decision as long as you know what to look out for. Come by Rocky’s Auto Credit today to see our full inventory of used cars.

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