What to Check When Buying a Used Car

Used cars on a car lot

Odds are that you’re not a mechanic, and neither are most of our Waco customers. So, how can you be expected to know all the things to check when buying a used car? Knowing what to check when buying a used car can save you lots of grief down the road. The used cars at Allen Samuels Auto Group have already been inspected by our mechanics for reliability, but we still think you should know what to check before buying a used car. So, we’ve put together the handy guide below on how to check a used car before buying.

What to Check Before Buying a Used Car – Prepare to Buy

Our more savvy Aransas Pass customers know how to check a used car before buying. Here are some of the things that they’ve researched and that you should, too:

What to Check Before Buying a Used Car

  • Budget – How much can you spend on a vehicle? Are you going to pay cash or finance? How big of a down payment can you make? What kind of payment can you afford? Use our payment tool to help you.
  • Consumer reviews – Check out reviews from drivers who have owned the kind of vehicle you’re looking at for a while.
  • The value of your trade – We have an online tool for that, too.
  • How much does your chosen vehicle typically sell for locally?

Things to Check When Buying a Used Car

Doing your research is a great start. But, every car has been driven and worn differently, so it’s important to know what to check when buying a used car while you’re looking at it. Here’s a list of things to check when buying a used car:

What to Check 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

Take the Car to Your Mechanic

A mechanic knows how to check a used car before buying one. And it’s perfectly fine with us if you want to take one of our used cars to your mechanic before buying. We want you to be confident in your purchase.

Check Out the Used Cars at Allen Samuels Auto Group of Waco

We have a large selection of high-quality, reliable used cars to choose from. While you’re here, check out our used cars priced under $12,000. We’re just down the road from Hutchinson, so drop by or contact us today.

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