Buying a used car is often deemed a crap shoot. You roll the dice and hope they come up in your favor. That is only true if you do not know what warning signs to look for. Here is a list of items to keep an eye out for while shopping for a used car.
- Paint that is chipping or peeling along with paint that does not quite match can be signs of damage repair and poor paint blending.
- Uneven tread wear can be a sign of frame damage or poor alignment.
- Flood damage can manifest itself in several ways…mold or heavy air freshener use, large amounts of dirt in the trunk, and intermittent issues with dashboard indicators and electronics are common signs.
- If the airbag light does not light up when you turn the key on, the air bag probably has been deployed and not replaced properly, if at all.
- Frayed safety belts or safety belt fibers that appear melted together are signs that the vehicle has been in a collision at speeds greater than 15 mph.
Buying a used car can be tricky. Other than these tips, listen for strange noises emanating from any part of the vehicle. Always trust your gut. If it says walk away, listen.