5 parts to inspect before buying a used car

Mar 28, 2017 | Same topic: Best advice for car buyers
Many consumers in the Philippines today tend to look for a used car instead of purchasing a new one due to high price and the quick depreciation of new vehicles.
Taking caution when buying a second-hand car is essential because a second-hand car can be sold with hidden damage apart from its obvious dents or scratches. 

To avoid the unnecessary risks, here’s a list of 5 things to check to ensure the condition and the value of the used car you’re about to buy.
 
1. The underbody
Since the car’s underbody contains many important pieces, we suggest that you should check the bottom of the car at first.
 
Car's underbody

You should check the bottom of the car at first. 

 
You should ask the seller to get the car on a service lift in a local maintenance center then you can look around underneath it to easily detect the damage, especially rust on the frame rails, the wheel wells and other underside components made of steel or metal.
 
2. The floor mats
Some people don’t pay attention to the floor mats when checking the interior.
 
Foot mats

Remove the foot mats and check for any moist and wet spots. 

 
It is advisable to remove the foot mats and check for any moist and wet spots. Likewise, have a look at the carpet in the trunk to make sure that the vehicle is absolutely clean.
 
3. The pedals
The rubber on the break, clutch and the gas pedal show the indication of use.
 
Break, clutch and gas pedal

The rubber on the break, clutch and the gas pedal show the indication of use. 

 
A car with low mileage will not have much wear at the pedal. In contrast, if the pedal rubber is worn out too much, this means that car has been driven a lot.
 
4. The engine bay
 
engine compartment.

Thoroughly check the engine compartment.

 
A shining engine does not show anything. Dust and dirt are not the problems of the engine compartment. You should be wary if you see oil or water overflows, it’s an indicator of a poorly running engine.
Moreover, you must also watch for the corrosive battery, hoses, and wires in the engine bay.
 
5. The paperwork
After you find the car you want to buy, be sure to check the related documents such as the registration document and service records. Having a service record with different handwritings is necessary as you can see what maintenance has been done on the car.
 
 Car registration document

Check the related documents such as the registration document, service and full car record, etc. 

 
In addition, take notice of the number of previous owners to ensure the car hasn’t been driven by too many people.