A used car can pretty soon turn into a liability after purchase, if you do not consider all the important aspects. If you find more than one issue in a second-hand car before purchase, or even one major issue in the car – as evident through a PPSR Check or a personal inspection, it is better that you avoid buying it altogether. Know about the 7 problems in a second-hand car that you should not ignore.
- Signs Of Moisture
Lift the car’s floor mats in the driver and passenger cabin. Find out whether there is any sign of moisture. If there is a musty odor, it might be due to mildew as a result of water leakage. You have to also inspect the chamber for spare tire, and find out whether there is any rust or moisture therein.
- Dirt In Connections
It is also important to check the condition of the car battery, and determine whether it has dirty connections. Find out whether the battery is an old one, and has to be replaced.
- Signs Of Rust
You should also check the car’s underside, and find out whether there is any sign of rust. Also check the shocks and the engine compartment. If there is fresh undercoating, it could suggest that the structure needs some repairs. A rusty car should better be avoided, as it might need you to invest a lot on a paint job. However, if there is small sign of rust, you might consider buying the vehicle.
- Leaking Hoses
You have to evaluate the coolant hoses of the used car, and find out whether it is leaking fluids. The hoses should ideally free of leaks, and secure in form. You may consider driving the car some distance from its parking spot, so as to ensure the spot is dry and does not have any fluids leaked on the ground.
- Signs Of Sludge
Find out whether there is any brown sludge in the engine. If there is sludge, it might suggest that the engine was damaged and requires expensive repairs down the line. Such costly repairs are usually not worthwhile, and it is better to avoid buying such cars. Check the engine quality, oil dipstick and filler. It is always a better idea to purchase a used car with an engine having even Revs and a smooth performance.
- Problems In Doors
If you have are buying a used vehicle, you would want to buy a car with proper weather-stripping. Find out whether the doors close and open in a proper way, or they have damaged or missing weather-stripping or have worn out doors.
- Too Much Smoke
If the car seems to produce a lot of smoke through its exhaust, it can mean that the engine has developed some problems. An independent mechanic inspection can help you to reveal what the problem is, although not many sellers would allow an inspection by a professional mechanic. That does not matter, however, as you need to avoid buying a second-hand car with an engine that offers a sub-par performance.