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We are frequently asked “how can I avoid getting ripped-off” when I am buying a used car?
Below is a continuation of Part 1 which deals with issues to have inspected and checked when considering a purchase of a used vehicle:
Steering / Suspension / Alignment. Proper steering and handling characteristics are important in any motor vehicle. Not just how a vehicle handles curves and turns, but how it is able to handle bumps and quick lane changes is vital to the safety of a driver and all occupants.
Tires. This may seem obvious to car-shoppers, but we see far too frequently these areas overlooked by vehicle purchasers. Vehicle sellers will oftentimes “Dress Up” tires with polish or tire-shine chemicals and pass off possibly unsafe tires to an unsuspecting buyer. Having tread depth and wear characteristics checked by a Technician can point out flaws or improper wear in related suspension and steering parts. Also, checking the tires for properly matched sets on each axle can avoid frustration, maintenance, alignment, and improper wear issues for a new car buyer. (See our previous post about the importance of tires for additional information).
Condition of routine maintenance items. Every car will perform better with properly maintained and changed items like Spark Plugs, and all fluids and filters. We see many cars come in for an inspection after a seller told a buyer the car was “freshly serviced” or “just tuned up”, only to find that no service items were completed and the car was only washed and put up for sale. Having these items inspected by a professional who knows what to look for can save you hundreds of dollars in first-year (or even first-month!) maintenance expense and give you peace of mind that you are buying from a trusted seller.
Properly and Improperly made repairs and general condition. Have you ever heard of the “10-foot test”? Clever vehicle sellers are very adept at polishing and shining up vehicles to entice customers to buy with “stars in their eyes”, while overlooking flaws in a car’s overall condition. While vehicle damage can certainly diminish a vehicle’s value, a proper repair can at least give assurances a car will last and provide safe and economical operation and transportation. Items like body gaps, door / hood / trunk opening and closing operation, seals around glass, and proper operation of all safety equipment including seatbelts should be checked before making the final decision to purchase a vehicle.
To save yourself time, money, and possible heartache, e-mail us at Quote@bmwrepairexperts.com or call The Garage at (303) 248-3652 to schedule an appointment for a used vehicle inspection!