If you’re buying a car from a dealership, a private seller, or an online auto auction, there are a few steps you should take to make sure you aren’t buying a lemon. A physical inspection is incredibly important, and our friends at AutoBidMaster have some pretty great guides for vehicle inspections. Read their engine inspection checklist and interior inspection checklist before inspecting any car. And if you can’t inspect a car in person, you can always hire a 3rd party inspection service to do it for you.
It’s important to all the needed and comprehensive motor vehicle records before buying any vehicle, no matter where you’re buying it from. Even if the vehicle looks like it’s in good shape and runs well when you buy it, a variety of problems might appear later.
Take a water damaged car, for example. If a vehicle was involved in a flood but was cleaned up nicely, all the water was removed from the upholstery, and any water marks on the paint were removed, it may look like nothing ever happened. It may even run perfectly well. The issue with water damage is that it begins the process of corrosion, and electrical and mechanical problems may start to pop up much later. Could be weeks, could be months, but it’s best to know what you’re dealing with before you even make a purchase. If you already bought the vehicle, you’re stuck with it, along with a set of problems you could have avoided if you had a better look at its history.
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