Cars Portland - Simple things to check before buying a car
People tend to want another car in place of their current ones for very simple to no reasons. Sometimes, they want a new car because they’ve had one long enough, or simply because they have the money to buy a new one. Portland, Oregon is a great place to buy a new or used vehicle. So, if you live in that area and you’re looking to buy a car, you’d read on to discover a number of things you should keep in mind during this period.
But before we go any further, it might be useful to – again - stress the fact that when buying used cars, Portland is a great place to buy and sell, especially if you’re not willing to go through the long distance hassle of delivery or pick-up. Automoxie.com is a great site to find local cars in Portland.
You should also bear in mind that buying the best cars that suit what you’re looking for requires some degree of research. This will ensure you get a great deal on your next car.
Without further ado, below is a list of things you should consider when planning to buy a used car.
- How clean is the car? If the car is dirty then you can assume the owner didn’t care for the vehicle like you would have. Check under the car for rust and excessive dirt. Look in the wheel wells for signs of damage.
- Check the Tires – How do the tires look? Do you think they need to be replaced or perhaps a bit of air will do the trick? Do they seem to wear more on one side then the other? If the tires don’t wear evenly then there might be some underlying issues.
- After looking at the exterior, take a look at the engine compartment. Make sure all the bolts still have the original paint on them and haven’t been moved. Check the oil level and how clean it is. Check all the fluids to see if they’re below the minimum level.
- Next is the interior. First, stick your head inside and smell. You can often time smell smoke or animal. Look under the floor mats for cigarette burns or pet hair. Check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to make sure it matches the ad. Make sure to run a vehicle history report at Autocheck.com
- Take the car for a real test drive. Make sure to get the car up to at least 45 miles per hour but preferably 60. A lot of vehicles don’t rattle or pull until they reach higher speeds. Let go of the steering wheel and push on the brakes. If the car pulls to one side or the other then their will be issues that need to be addressed.
If after all this you still don’t feel comfortable, have a professional inspect the car. Take the car to a trusted mechanic or go to Carchex.com and have someone come out and look at the vehicle for you.