Mechanical inspections anyone can do!
Looking to buy your new, used car and have a specific one in mind already? Sweet, I'll introduce you to some basic inspections almost anyone can do to make sure not to buy a s***** car! If you don't know where to buy and what car you want, have a look here.
Let’s get right at it and start the inspection; begin on the outside and work your way to the inside followed by of course test driving your possible travel companion.
You want to make sure it is in good condition and has the features listed in the offer so there are no surprises when the purchase is completed. Even if buying from a dealer you might want to get a neutral inspection of the vehicle beforehand if you are not sure.
Generally, it is best to inspect the vehicle at daylight, as you might otherwise miss faulty parts and if possible to bring a friend that has knowledge about vehicles. Also, it can help if you research frequent issues for that specific vehicle (make, model, year).
Often, the most critical parts of the vehicle are the engine, cooling system and transmission system; if any of these are in bad condition, look for other vehicles.
For the outside inspection you should look at these things:
Dents and scratches
Different colours or colours on scratches and dents
Chips in the windscreen
All the doors (working properly including locks)
All tyres incl. spare
Thread depths of min. 1.5mm (legal), min. 3mm is recommended
The most important and easiest things to check underneath the car yourself are:
Leaks (fluid dripping or on the floor)
If the exhaust pipe is fixed
Things to check when you are in the car:
The lights, indicators, wipers and buttons from the dashboard
Heating and AC (cold winter and hot summer days can really be hard)
Are the seats in a good condition?