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Things to consider When Buying a Used Car

Not everyone is an expert when it comes to buying cars and walking into a dealership can often seem a bit daunting. Whilst investing in a used car may be the sensible option you still need to be savvy in your decision. To avoid disappointment with your vehicle purchase continue reading to find out what to keep an eye out for when buying a used car in Port Macquarie.


Check for visible leaks

When you take the used car for a test drive park it in a clear area and have the vehicle running for at least 30 seconds, and inspect if there are any leaks. Black fluid might be an indicator of leaking oil, green fluid may indicate a leak in anti-freeze, and pink fluid may indicate a leak in the transmission. If it appears to be water this would be from the air conditioning which is completely normal for any car.


Inspect the Interior and Exterior

Although you are purchasing a second hand car it is still a big expense so it is important to ensure that the aesthetics are up to your standard. Make sure you examine the inside upholstery and outside of the car to assess any damage that you may request to get repaired. That’s not to say that you shouldn't purchase a car that has had repair done in the past as this will not affect the performance of the vehicle. Ensure you check under the hood too because if there are rusted parts this may be an indication that there could be trouble with these parts down the road.


Test drive the Used Car

Give the car a good drive around your usual, local routes and the highway to ensure you are confident and comfortable with the vehicle and that it performs to meet your requirements. Make sure you start without the radio on so you can hear for any rattles, engine noise or abnormal electronic sound. No music will also help you get acquainted with the responsiveness and gear shifts without distraction. On your highway drive you can note the engine and tyre noise at high speeds along with the relationship that the vehicle has with the road. To find out how to maximise your test drive time follow the link to one of our other blogs:


Do your Research 

Factors you need to consider before making the big purchase - year, make, model, price. Do a bit of exploration regarding the industry and consumer reviews on the make and model you are considering. This may expose possible defects or even common problems along with the benefits of your potential vehicle and whether or not you are getting a fair price on the used car. Other things you need to consider is whether or not the car has accessories and additional specifications, mileage and condition as this will determine the final value when buying.