Things To Look For Before Buying A Used Car

If you are fond of used cars and always prefer to buy a used vehicle instead of a new one, here is some write up for you. Just before buying a used car, each buyer has a few things to consider. So, with help of these symmetrical points about buying a used car, you can surely save your upfront money,and ensure that this will not cost you more money later down the line. Having these point in mind, you should buy a used vehicle.

The condition of used cars determines its value. You have to make sure that your choice looks good inside and out. At the exterior of the vehicle, check for mismatching paint, scratches, dents and other imperfections that can reduce the value. Inside the vehicle, check the upholstery, leather scratches (in case the seats are leather or there is leather lining on the dashboard or door panels), stains on the fabric, or anything that looks odd like an improper fitting of a plastic part. You should also look at the visible mechanical components under the hood. Dirty or corroded parts may indicate that the car was not very well maintained and you may have to face problems in the future.

The mileage of used cars affects the price and performance, both. The average basic rule for those who’re looking for a good quality used vehicle is despite of its year of manufacture, it should not have more than 85,000 miles on the clock. Cars tend to last longer than they’re recommended, so there is some leeway with mileage. Do your research on the internet and find out what is ideal for the specific car you want.

Check the car under consideration for fluid leaks. Leaks are a general indicators of a  vehicle that needs repairs. The best way to check this is to take a test drive. Find a clean place where you can park and then let the engine run for 30 seconds to a minute. Move the vehicle and check for any fluids on the floor where it has been parked. Open the hood without touching the internal parts, see if there are some prominent leaks.

As a test drive of the vehicle, observe how it is handling. Are the brakes responsive? Can you easily steer the wheels? There are some odd noises or vibrations whilst accelerating? Does it handle corners and bumps well? Check the air conditioner and heater, you should also check the ignition, headlights, tail lights, emergency lights, and all components on the instrument panel to ensure good operation.

The best solution for buying a used car is to have it checked by a competent mechanic before you purchase it. Although visually  you can inspect the vehicle yourself, a mechanic would be helpful to tell you if there are any hidden problems with the engine or suspension. Avoiding to buy a vehicle that can have serious problems with the engine or transmission is a good idea to have a professional look at it.

Following these tips can be helpful to make you feel comfortable with your used vehicle purchase. As long as you have the necessary information to make a proper decision to purchase, you can ensure that you purchase the best car under your financial situation.

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Fazal Gilani

A former news reporter for Samaa TV, who is currently working as an assignment editor at channel24/city41 & a freelance journalist. He has a Masters degrees in Mass Communication & International Relations. He tweets as @Gilaniism. He Blogs at

  • Adnan Khan

    85000 mileage is too much. The buyer Should consider 40,000 mileage if one wants to buy a “GOOD” used car.

  • yeah you are right that was for the maximum considerations,

  • Hadi Hassan

    In Pakistan more than 80% used vehicle held for sale has tampered odometers. One must inspect brake pedal and floor mats, closely look odometer for any finger prints from inside.

  • Lazy Sapper

    85000 miles! Are you kidding? That’s 136,000 km. That car will surely require expensive engine rebuild or swap. Here, the condition of roads plus driving conditions are so pathetic, if a car lasts 100,000 km in perfect condition, that would be a miracle.

  • yasirhaleem

    Lazy sab 🙂 i have alto 2008, have driven almost 100,000km, and engine is in perfect condition even body, miracle ?

  • Farhan

    The article is not worth reading. If I have to take mechanic for car inspection, what does this article is meant for.

  • Lazy Sapper

    You are still 36,000 KMs behind. Besides you are lucky if car has done that much without busting its body. Or you must be from a place where traffic conditions are not pathetic.

  • Aa this isn’t a personal blog, so it’s not a good idea to write down whole article without headings. It makes reading easy and fun. Anyways, I just skimmed this article.

  • Car City West

    The first step in buying a new car, would be to decide if you are going to buy new or used.

  • Miller Auto Plaza

    You can find a reliable car in the 90,000 and even 100,000 mile range. I bought an older Chevy van in this condition and it runs great. As long as you keep up with the maintenance, and the previous owner did too, then you’ll likely be looking at routine fixes and you’ll have yourself a decent vehicle for little to no money at all.

  • Rockland Toyota

    If you, and any previous owners, keep up with maintenance, it’s possible to have a car that can last for many years. Sometimes paying for small repairs and maintenance is cheaper overall than a new car, especially insurance wise.

  • 509 Cars

    With new car prices, sometimes it just makes sense to buy a used car. As a parent, used can be better for the kids too as it may cost a bit less for insurance and at the same time, all the dents and scratches from learning don’t hurt so bad. 🙂

  • Car City West

    Used cars can be the best option for many people. Get it checked out before you buy, and keep up on regular maintenance, which you should do with any car, new or used. Great post.

  • Eastern Motors

    Best advice here is to test drive, and inspect the engine bay for any signs of obvious wear. Listen for strange noises during your test drive too.

  • 509 Cars

    You should always have the car checked out by someone else…like a second opinion. This gives you confidence in the seller. Check all the paperwork as well as the car itself. Good tips.

  • Auto Oil Changers

    Having a car checked by someone else who knows what to look for only makes sense. Buyer beware is how I’ve always thought when purchasing used…and it’s saved me a lot of money in the long run.

  • This is a great article to give some pointers to people needing to buy a used car…and yes, check everything!