Things To Look For When Buying a Used VehicleJun 6th, 2022
A CarFax report is an important tool to help you when purchasing your next pre-owned vehicle. A CarFax report can provide insight into your vehicle’s history.
A CarFax report can tell you a few important details about a vehicle such as:
- If a vehicle was listed in a police report involving a collision.
- If there has been an estimate for repair from a collision center.
- If there a repair was completed at a collision center or body shop.
- What provinces or the US States the vehicle has previously been registered in.
- And other pieces of information relating to the history of the vehicle.
Keep in mind that not all information reports to a CarFax Report and there may be instances where damages have been repaired without appearing on the report.
Here at AutoEdge, a CarFax report is provided on every vehicle that we sell. You can access a CarFax report right on our website for any vehicle in our inventory. Simply click on the CarFax icon which is listed on the vehicle description page to view the CarFax report.
This includes tire tread, brake pads, brake rotors, spark plugs, engine timing belt, battery life, and even suspension components. Having said that, mileage alone will not give you the complete picture of a car’s wear and tear parts. There are some vehicles out there that have high mileage but have been serviced regularly. The opposite can be true for vehicles with lower mileage; they might not have been serviced as much as they should, leading to more wear and tear. It’s best to have it thoroughly checked by a knowledgeable friend, or better yet a licensed automotive technician.
Another great way to get a much clearer picture of the condition of these common wear and tear parts is by taking the vehicle out for a test drive.
Test drive is one of the most important things you can do before pulling the trigger on a used car. This is a great way to check the condition of a lot of those wear and tear parts we mentioned in our last video.
While you’re driving, it’s important to take note of any odd sounds or feelings you might encounter. Does the car seem to struggle when you press the ignition? The battery could be on its way out. Is the car squeaking when you come to a stop? It’s possible the brake pads need to be replaced. Does the steering wheel shake at speed? The car could need an alignment, or the tires are balding.
Buying a used car can be a big commitment, so it’s important to take the time to test drive any car you’re thinking about buying. At AutoEdge we understand the importance of test driving a car, so we’re always happy to facilitate this process for you. Whether you loved the drive or not, you’ll be glad you did it.
Rust/Corrosion & Prevention
Today we are going to be talking about rust and corrosion which affects vehicles all around Ottawa and the surrounding area. Vehicles in this part of the country are especially prone to corrosion due to many factors including weather, as well as the salt and chemical de-icing products used on our roads.
Rust and corrosion form when iron and iron alloys are exposed to moisture and oxygen. Road salt and chemical de-icing products can accelerate this process.
Here at AutoEdge, we recommend that all our customers purchasing a pre-owned vehicle purchase a rust protection package for their vehicle. A one-time only application process is applied to the underbody of the vehicle on the metal surfaces and components. Other areas of the vehicle such as metal seams, hinges, and parts of the engine bay are coated in a permanent, silicon-based product. This creates a barrier between the metal and the elements that accelerate the corrosion process.
Rust protecting a vehicle has many benefits such as:
- Higher resale value or trade-in value
- Maintaining the structural integrity of the vehicle
- Fewer repair costs over the life of the vehicle
Used Car Self-Diagnostics
You might think that there’s no way you could properly evaluate the condition of a used car that you’re about to buy. However, there are a number of indicators that anyone can notice if they know what to look for.
When you pop the hood on a car, it can be a little overwhelming at first. There’s a lot going on under there, so it’s best to know what you shouldn’t be seeing. You definitely shouldn’t be seeing any fluids pooling up anywhere; that’s a sign that something is leaking. Keep an eye out for anything that looks like it’s corroding or rusting.
Also, be sure to check the hoses and belts. These parts can dry out and crack, leading to costly repairs. It can be hard to get a good look at the undercarriage of a car if it’s not on a hoist, however that shouldn’t stop you from getting down and taking a quick look. Basically, you want to make sure that there’s no major rust, and that there are no parts of the undercarriage that are dangling or hanging too low. You’re also going to want to turn on the car as part of your inspection.
As you inspect the car while it’s running, you want to make sure you’re using all your senses. What you hear in a car can be a solid indicator of the condition. As the car idles, it shouldn’t be making any rattling or ticking sounds. The exhaust should be relatively quiet. Make sure that when you sit in the cabin, you’re not smelling any gas fumes. It’s also a good idea to test all the electrical elements inside a vehicle. Use the infotainment system, try the power windows and electronic locks, turn on the lights inside the cabin, and test out the air conditioning system. While you’re doing this, make sure to note any sounds that might be out of the ordinary.
Look, if this all seems a little overwhelming that’s okay. There’s a lot to consider when you’re buying a Used Car. But in the end, it will be worth not paying for those extra charges to get your car issues resolved.