Buying a used car can be a daunting experience, especially with the high prices of used cars in the current market. As a consumer, you want to make sure that you’re making a wise investment and that the car you’re purchasing is in good condition. Fortunately, there are steps you can take for vetting used cars before you make your purchase.
Never Skip The Test Drive
It is advised to take certain precautions before making the purchase. One of the most important steps is to never skip the test drive and always double-check buying agreements and all the numbers. Taking the car for a test drive can help you determine if it’s worth the asking price, and certain sounds and movements can point to prior damage.
Note unusual squeaks and rattles, and any items that need to be repaired. A car that pulls to one side might be showing signs of previous damage. Paint overspray on the back of body panels and doorjambs can signal bodywork from an accident. The smell of mildew or mould could indicate water damage, which you definitely want to avoid.
Avoid Vehicles With Signs Of Deep Water Exposure
It is also better to avoid vehicles with signs of deep water exposure. Even if a vehicle looks acceptable and may be working when you inspect it, water damage could lead to many electrical problems down the road. Not all damage is visually evident and could extend beyond water damage as well, potentially opening the door for accident repair businesses to aid consumers in the used car shopping experience.
Shop Offer Pre Purchase Inspection Services?
Could your shop offer pre purchase inspection services and diagnostic scans that would find any prior accident damage on a vehicle someone just purchased? Could your facility work with local dealers to inspect and scan their used vehicles before they’re put out for sale?
Accident damage and previous repair inspections are also important in determining roadworthiness. The results of this inspection give you ammunition to negotiate a final price. Either you can get a lower price because you’re going to fix the problems, or you could offer to pay their price if they fix the problems. Of course, you could ask that the problems be fixed and continue to haggle over the price.
Furthermore, most manufacturers require safety inspections to be completed on your vehicle after it’s been in an accident. Vehicle manufacturers design vehicles with your safety in mind, and so what they do is install certain features in your vehicle that will protect you and your family in the event of an accident. For example, seat belts. Most, if not all, vehicle manufacturers will require that your seat belts are inspected after the vehicle’s been in an accident to ensure that when you go to drive your vehicle again in the future that the seat belts will operate as intended. Other items that may need to be inspected as a result of an accident are items like steering columns.
Many steering columns are designed to collapse during an accident to prevent driver injury so they need to be removed and measured by accident repair shops to determine if they’ve collapsed or not. If they have, they will need to be replaced. The same with airbags and airbag sensors — if airbags are deployed, they will need to be replaced.
Expert Pre-Purchase Car Inspections in Melbourne
If you’re in the market for a used car in Melbourne, don’t take any chances – get a pre-purchase car inspection from the experts at German Precision. With 35 years of experience in the industry, we know what to look for and can provide you with a comprehensive report on the condition of the vehicle. Don’t risk buying a lemon – let us help you make an informed decision on your next used car purchase. Contact German Precision today to schedule your pre-purchase inspection.