What to Look for When Buying a Used Car

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Do you get nervous when you step on to a car lot because you’re not sure what to look for when buying a used car? It’s understandable. After all, you’re probably not a mechanic. In fact, we find that many Texarkana car shoppers don’t really know what to ask when buying a used car. So, we’ve put together a handy list below of what to check when buying a used car.


What to Check When Buying a Used Car

You don’t need a certification to know what to look for when buying a used car. There are simple things that just about any Ruston driver can check to get an idea of how reliable the car in question is likely to be. Here is a list of what to check when buying a used car:

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 Used Car

Knowing what to ask when buying a used car can be as important as knowing what to check. That’s because there are certain aspects of the car’s history you can’t know without asking. So, here’s a list of questions to ask the seller:

What to Ask When Buying a Used 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 on hand?
  • Is the car sold as is, or is it under warranty?
  • Does this vehicle affect your insurance premiums?
  • What is the “out-the-door” price of the vehicle, including taxes and dealer’s fees?

Come See the Reliable Used Cars at Landers Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM of Bossier City

We have a wide selection of quality used cars, and we welcome you to check them out thoroughly and to ask us anything about them. We make buying your next car so easy, you can even know the value of your trade before you step foot on our lot. And, if you’d like to learn more, check out our other car-buying tips. We’re just down the road from Monroe, so drop by or contact us today.


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