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Checklist for Evaluating a Used Car

How to Inspect a Used Car? 

Finding a trouble-free spick-and-span used car has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with thorough research and patient investigation. It also helps if you’re dealing with a dealership that puts integrity on a high pedestal. Auto Simple, a Buy Here Pay Here dealership in Chattanooga, TN, is one such dealership. You are assured of excellent quality pre-owned vehicles and an accommodating auto loan, irrespective of your credit situation. Meanwhile, are you wondering how to inspect a used car to find good value for money? Read this blog to find some useful tips. 

Inspect the Exterior Carefully 

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Undertake a thorough examination of the vehicle’s body condition, i.e., look for scratches, dents, and rust; misaligned panels or large gaps; and paint finish. Please make sure there are no cracks in the windshield because they will only worsen and lead to a costly repair. Confirm that all light lenses and reflectors are intact. Ask whether the tires have been regularly rotated.  

Look on the Inside! 

Sniff the interior. Is it musty, moldy, or mildewy? This could probably indicate water leaks. Try all the seat adjustments so that they work properly. Turn on the ignition switch and make sure all the warning lights—including the check-engine light—are in top condition. Having the right sound system on the road is essential. So, check reception on AM, FM, and satellite radio.  

Is It Healthy under the Hood? 

When the engine is cool, inspect the general condition of the engine bay. Be on the lookout for a battery covered with corrosion or wires and hoses hanging loose. Check all the fuel levels: engine oil, automatic transmission fluid, and brake fluid.  

It’s best to undertake your inspection in daylight on a dry day. Visit us at Auto Simple, where we have an eclectic range of used vehicles. You can schedule a test drive of any car you want to take for a spin.