While buying a used vehicle will save you money and help you avoid depreciation costs, it is important to do your research before you purchase one. To avoid purchasing a car with hidden problems, look out for the following warning signs:
Excessive wear and tear in the interior.
Damp, musty odors. These are indications of leaks in the windshield, weather stripping or heater core.
Cars that ride lower in the front as compared to the back. This indicates worn springs, which can be an expensive repair.
Tires with worn outer edges from the front end. This can indicate that the car is in need of an alignment.
Clanking noises when the vehicle is in gear. This can indicate a problem with the drive shaft universal joints.
Transmission fluid that is black or brown. This may indicate internal engine damage.
When buying used, the best way to ensure you purchase a reliable car is by referencing a vehicle history report. Carfax and AutoCheck are services that can provide helpful details on a vehicle’s collision history, maintenance history and odometer record.
For help insuring your vehicle, call Chalmers today 800-360-3000!