Check before you buy a Used Car


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Many of us have purchased a used vehicle or are in the process of finding a suitable used car. Before we jump to the purchase, perhaps we should consider a few factors. This is especially when the price seems too good to be true. We hope you find the information helpful, and make sure to check out the short video for actual examples to assist your inspections before purchase.

If you’re about to buy a used car, it pays to check the vehicle thoroughly to ensure you are getting value for money. Listed below are some basic checks that should be carried out.

Beneath the car
Uneven tyre wear could mean misaligned steering or suspension that may be expensive to rectify. Check for leaks from the engine, transmission, suspension, brakes and rear axle.

The bodywork
Variations in paintwork colour, or door panels that don’t line up can indicate previous smash damage.

Check carefully around the wheel-arches for any rust problems.

The engine
If the engine oil is grey or milky, it’s a sign of water in the oil.
Worse, any sign of oil in the radiator water can mean a cracked cylinder head or faulty head gasket.
Remember, if the car isn’t fitted with an Australian Compliance Plate, it’s probably best to walk away from the deal, no matter how tempting it might seem.

Re-purchase inspection
If you need to be sure about a vehicle, we suggest that you invest in our 150 POINT COMPREHENSIVE CONDITION REPORT.

You receive a fully itemised written report which details all aspects of the vehicle’s overall condition, and offers a thorough understanding of the vehicle’s overall condition.

Check the Auto Facts Video for a Pre-Purchase Inspection on a Used Car here.

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