What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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If you’re like most McComb drivers, you are not going to buy a used car without checking it out first. But how do you know what to look for when buying aused car? We’ve put together a list of things everyone can check on a car they’re thinking of buying. We’ll also talk about what to ask when buying a used car.



What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

It’s not as difficult as some may think to determine if a used car is likely to be reliable. Here are some simple things everyone can check:

What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

  • Dents and scratches on the exterior
  • Signs of rust
  • Cracks in glass
  • How well the doors, windows, trunk, and hood open and close
  • If the lights work
  • Vehicle maintenance record
  • Mileage history report
  • If the car has a musty odor on the inside
  • Condition of hoses and belts
  • Engine fluids like oil and transmission fluid
  • If there is black or greasy residue on the tailpipe
  • How it performs in a test drive
  • What consumer reviews say about this make and model

What to Ask When Buying a New Car

An important part of used car shopping is knowing what questions to ask. Any reputable Hammond dealer, like Mike Whatley Honda, will be happy to answer pertinent questions. If a dealer or private party is unwilling to answer simple questions, that’s a cause for alarm.

What to Ask When Buying a New Car

  • Is there a history of maintenance?
  • Is the vehicle history report available?
  • Do the amenities and features work like they’re supposed to?
  • What is the ownership history?
  • What is the vehicle’s mileage?
  • Are there any current recalls on the vehicle?
  • How was the vehicle priced?
  • Can I take the car to a mechanic for an inspection?
  • Do you have the title in hand?
  • Is the car as is, or is it under warranty?
  • What is the “out-the-door” price of the vehicle, including taxes and dealer’s fees?

Check Out the Quality Pre-Owned Vehicles at Mike Whatley Honda of Brookhaven

We have a wide variety of quality used cars to choose from, many of thempriced under $20,000. Why not come down and take a test drive? And, if you’d like to learn more, check out our post onwhat is considered good mileage for a used car. We’re just a short trip away from Collins. So, stop by or contact us today!


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