What to know about used cars

Author // NPR Car Talk
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We don’t all have the money or time to purchase a new car. The economy is tight all around and most of us have had to tighten our belts and make important decisions regarding our finances. But what are some of the more important financial decisions that any of us have to make? Of all the big money decisions we make, the two biggest ones are, pretty obviously, buying a home and buying a car. Buying a home is one whole complicated endeavor but buying a car has its own underrated complications that aren’t always talked about. It involves a lot of different steps that can be so incredibly daunting when you think about all of them at once. There’s considering how much money you have, what sort of area you live in, all of the reasons that you actually need the car itself. None of these considerations even involve visiting the car dealership itself which can be its own special breed of anxiety inducing. Do you go to the place that sells used cars for sale? Or maybe a place that’s more specialized? A place that sells used specialized cars or used trucks? Here are a few things to know about used car and a few things you should consider about them before you buy one.

    Starting on the inside
    When get to the used car lot, you are going to already want to know what you’ll need to check. While buying new cars for sale is relatively easy, buying used cars for sale is a little more complicated. You can’t always count on them to be working at top efficiency so you’ll want to approach selecting the correct car with an arsenal of correct questions already queued up in your mind. It can be difficult to know where to start with these questions but don’t fret. Just use a bit of common sense and you’ll realize that the best place to start with these questions is from the inside out. So let’s start with the most basic question. Does the engine work? This might seem like a simple and obvious question but it’s not nearly so easy when you actually look into it. For example, while most dealers do their absolute best, they aren’t perfect and they can miss something important when inspecting their cars. Try as they might, they can mistake something and tell you an engine is fine when it might not be. So, when looking at cars, be sure to ask if you can pop up the hood and take a look at the engine block. If this is allowed, you should definitely do it. Getting a physical look at the engine yourself will be the best way to assure that the car is in the right condition for your specific needs.
    Going lower
    Used cars for sale are naturally going to have more wear than new cars as well and, after checking the engine block, you are going to want to start to go lower. Most of a car’s wear starts at its tires and used cars are known for sometimes having tire difficulties. This doesn’t need to always be the case, however, and you can prevent this by doing a quick inspection of all four of the tires in tandem. Make sure they are both whole and complete, with no holes or small leaks that might be hard to see. Check the pressure and the tread to make sure neither has been neglected by the used cars for sale lot.
    The last thing you’ll want to do is, with permission, take the car for a spin around the lot. This is primarily for two reasons. One, you want to make sure the steering is efficient and not sluggish or non responsive. The other is to make sure the brakes are working properly. The brakes are among the most important safety features when it comes to any car and there’s no way to understate how important checking them is. To keep everyone, you, your friends and your whole family safe, you should definitely take the extra, active step.

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