9 Things to Look for When Buying a Used Car

9 Things to Look for When Buying a Used CarShopping for a new, or at least a new to you, car can be a lot of fun, but it doesn't come without a few stressors. To ensure that you end up with the car you think you did it is important to give it a thorough once over. By searching for problems you'll be able to know if you're getting your money's worth when making the purchase. Aside from aesthetics that fit your style, here are 9 things to think about when buying a used car.


Many vehicles are designed to cover a couple hundred thousands miles. However, as the odometer climbs, so does the chance of problems. Cars with more than 150,000 miles on the odometer are much more likely to need major repairs sooner than a car with sub 100K.


One of the most important things to look for is leaks. Nothing should ever be leaking from a vehicle.

Service Records

If the previous owner can supply service records that show the car is up to date with its scheduled maintenance needs you'll at least know the vehicle has been well maintained.


It's important to search for rust on the body of the car. If rust has set in it can eat away at the metal of the vehicle, making it unsightly and in some cases, unstable.


If you don't want to worry immediately about the extra expense of tires be sure to check the current tread level.


All lights should work when you purchase a vehicle. If a light, such as a turn signal or brake light, is out, then you'll want to ensure it is just a simple bulb before replacing it.


When you take the car for a test drive be sure to listen for any strange noises. A knocking noise under the hood or grinding while shifting or braking should all be signs that it could be time for a big repair.


The vehicle should drive straight down the road during your test drive.

Dashboard Indicator Lights

Any dashboard indicator lights, including the check engine light, that are illuminated should be resolved by the previous owner.

If you are interested in a used car and would like a professional opinion about its condition bring it to Soares Auto Repair for an expert pre-purchase inspection in Vancouver. Our auto repair techs can go over any make and model of vehicle to ensure it is in good shape before you buy. To learn more, or to schedule any sort of auto repair in Vancouver give us a call at (604) 229-2537 today.

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Written and Published By MORBiZ