Used Car Buyer's Checklist | Triadelphia WV | Near Wheeling, WV and Pittsburgh, PA

At Straub Honda, we understand that sometimes the best car for our customers is a used one. Buying used has the benefit of saving you money, but it also carries with it a few added complications. The car-buying process has several steps to follow anyway, but buying used brings a few extra ones into consideration.

That's why we've assembled this list of steps for you to follow when buying a used car. Follow these guidelines to help ensure that your next car is the right one for you. The process doesn't have to be any less enjoyable than the new car search should be!

✔ Do Your Research

Before you even begin your search for a car, make sure to ask yourself if there is a certain type of vehicle that you need. By deciding on what type of vehicle you want, you will have a specific list of inspection items to look for. When researching for the vehicle, make sure to also find out what the common problems are for the models you are considering.

✔ Exterior Checks

Make sure to always look at the body condition. Walk around the vehicle and take note of any scratches, dents and rust. Make sure to also take note of the body panels. Everything should line up evenly and the doors, hood and trunk should be able to open and close. While walking around your vehicle, also make sure to inspect the tires. All of the tires should be the same brand and should be in good condition (no cracks, bulges, scuffing or bad tread). Lastly, make sure to always check the lights. All of them should work properly and be without cracks and damages in addition to no moisture.

✔ Interior Checks

When inspecting the interior, one of the first things you need to check for is odor. If the car smells like mold, must or mildew that could indicate a water leak or flood damage. Make sure to also check the seats to see if they are worn or have any tears in the upholstery. You also need to make sure that the seats work properly and that you can get the drivers seat into the right position. You always need to make sure to test the controls and instruments to make sure that they are working properly. Lastly, you need to take a look at the roof and make sure that there are no signs of staining or water leaking through a sunroof or window.

✔ Under the Hood

When looking under the hood, you need to make sure to inspect the belts, hoses, fluids, oil and transmission fluid. Everything should be at its proper level and there should not be any cracks, leaks or water. Make sure to also look underneath the vehicle to see if anything is leaking.

✔ The Test Drive

Probably one of the most important parts of your inspection, you need to test drive the vehicle to make sure that everything is working properly. When starting the vehicle, make sure to take note of how long it takes for the car to start and if there are any odd noises. You need to take the vehicle on a variety of different roads so that you can test it at all different speeds. Additionally, be sure to see if the transmission shifts smoothly and that the brakes offer good stopping power without pulling the vehicle to either side.

✔ Paperwork and Mechanic's Inspection

Before you close the deal on the car, you need to get the vehicle identification number (VIN) and get a Vehicle History Report. Most dealers will provide a report on all of their used vehicles. Also make sure that a trusted repair shop fully inspects the vehicle before you purchase it.

If you have any questions about what you need to do before buying a used car or would like to test-drive any used cars, please feel free to contact us or stop by Straub Honda at 200 Straub Dr, Triadelphia, WV 26059. We look forward to serving our customers from Wheeling, WV and Pittsburgh, PA.