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What Should I Look for in a Used Car?

There are a few things you need to beware of when it comes to shopping for a pre-owned car. Some things are obvious like rust, broken components, or taped-up windows. Others can be harder to identify, so read on to learn more about how you can find a great used car. 

Watch Out for Rust 

Rust happens to every car with time. But it’s where the rust occurs that really matters. The edges of doors often get discolored before they bubble up under the paint and become eyesores. If all you can see is a few rust spots around knicks in the paint or spotty marks on the wheels, those are easier fixes than hard edges that rust out.

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Check the Mileage on the Car 

Don’t be concerned to see 50,000 miles on a pre-owned car, as long as you put that number into perspective. Find the exact model year of the car and research average mileage for a vehicle of that age. For example, a five-year-old car may have around 75,000 miles on it. A ten-year-old vehicle will probably have over 120,000 miles on it.


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Check for the Smell of Burning Oil 

Don’t buy a pre-owned car if you can’t test drive it. If the owner is trying to hide something like the smell of burning oil or exhaust problems, even the cheapest car might be more of a drain on your finances than anything else. Such problems could mean costly repairs. You can avoid all of this by shopping at Automax Truck and Car Center. 


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Were Repairs Done that Cut Corners? 

Sometimes people try to repair a car with minimum effort and poor materials. Look underneath a car if you get the chance to make sure a hole in the fuel line hasn’t been repaired with a chunk of exhaust hose, for example. 


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Look Out for Broken Sensors, Cameras and Screens 

Newer cars have sensors, cameras, and screens that are meant to help keep you safe and informed. If these are broken or missing, make sure you’re not paying for features the vehicle can no longer deliver.