What to Look for in a Used Car

It’s June, and that means that it’s prime time for drive time.  Maybe you’re considering purchasing a new car for yourself, or maybe your teenager is getting his or her first car. A used car can be a great deal or a great disaster depending on many different factors. Nobody wants to end up with a lemon. Here’s what to look for in a used car before taking the leap:Car For Sale

The Test Drive

Test driving your potential new vehicle should always be the first step in the buying process. Take the car on local roads and also on freeways so you can get a good feel for how the car responds and performs. On the highway, you can note if the engine runs smoothly or not, or if you hear any mysterious noises.

How the Car Looks: Inside and Out

Check the exterior for any signs of collision damage. You don’t necessarily have to avoid buying a car that’s been in a fender bender, but professional repair should be barely noticeable. Also, pop the hood and give the engine a thorough examination. Rust and dirt are sure signs that you shouldn’t buy the vehicle. Also check for any leaks that need to be repaired.

The Mechanic Inspection

One vital piece to the used car purchasing puzzle is bringing it in to a qualified mechanic to give it a thorough examination. If your mechanic gives you the go-ahead, you can rest assured that your used car purchase will be one that will last you a long time. If your mechanic tells you that you should not buy the car, don’t. A lemon can cost you hundreds of dollars in needless repair, and can end up not being worth the car’s price tag.

Contact Us Today

If you’re considering buy a used car in Montgomery, bring it in to the qualified technicians at Performance Truck and Auto. We’ll give it a thorough inspection and help you make a wise decision for your used car purchase. Call us at (334) 245-6600 to schedule an appointment.


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