The fun times are back…well, they’ve never really been gone and it’s always great to roll about town and show off the car you just bought. With the recent redesigns in many cars, pre owned cars for sale will certainly be much, much cheaper now. Although price is the main determining factor as to whether or not you will buy the car or not, you do not want to make the mistake of buying a used car that will give you problems. We consulted the guys at IOL Autos and here’ what they had to say about what you should do when you are going to buy the car you’ve been eying.
The drop in prices for pre owned cars for sale is great news for shoppers who are in the market, but there are a few dangers that come with buying used.
1. Electrical problems
Today’s electrical systems in cars are highly complex. This means that when an electrical problem comes up, it can require hours upon hours of work to simply diagnose. Once the problem is pinpointed, replacement components are often pricey to purchase, and even more expensive to install and program. If you notice a stubborn warning light or malfunctioning electrical parts, know that problems can cost thousands of dollars to repair.
2. Poor quality body repair
There are too many shops out there that cut corners or simply aren’t qualified to repair body damage. This will often result in misaligned body panels (inconsistent gaps), mismatched paint and mismatched headlights (one foggy, one clear). If you see shoddy work done to the car’s body, there’s a good chance there’s something wrong underneath, too.
3. High mileage
Over time and mileage, important mechanical parts can wear out and require expensive repair. Cars that have over 100,000 miles will require these repairs much sooner, meaning it is going to cost more to keep on the road. Even high-mileage cars that are advertised as having mostly “freeway miles” will likely have mechanical issues sooner than expected.
If you’re looking at a used car that has been driven in a snow state, make sure to check the edges of the front fenders, the rear wheel wells and door jambs. Rust often starts in these places and can slowly eat away at a car’s metal structure, eventually becoming very expensive to repair.
The following cars are usually the best used cars to consider. Volkswagen Polo Vivo, Toyota Corolla, and Ford Ranger just to name a few.