Tips for Inspecting Your Next Used Car

February 18th, 2013 by


Car keysNo matter how much dealerships like ours strive to deliver a trustworthy used car buying experience to drivers, the fact is that there is always going to be that uncertainty, especially when there are likely going to be other dealerships or individuals that seek to sell you a lemon. We’ve got some advice for you on your next used car search that should help you avoid making a purchase you regret.

Think Like a Mechanic

If you’ve got a friend who knows a thing or two about cars, bringing them along can really help in your used vehicle search, but if you don’t know a mechanic or they are busy when you need them, we have some tips to help keep you from making a poor decision:

  • •   Kick the tires- Okay, you don’t literally have to kick the tires, but you’re going to want to give the car, truck, minivan, or SUV you’re looking at a pretty good once over. Maybe a couple quick inspections. Check areas like the wheel wells for the beginnings of rust, and pop the trunk to take a look at some of the nooks and crannies. The remnants of lazy body repair work are often hidden in the trunk.
  • •   Pop the hood- You may not know what you’re looking for, but if something is seriously amiss, you may be able to see it just be looking under the hood. If you’re dealing with a particularly shady dealer, simply asking to look under the hood and seeing their response could be all you need to know.
  • •   Take a test drive- We can’t stress this one enough. You can look the vehicle over all you want, but nothing beats getting behind the wheel. Keep the radio down or off and listen to see if the car sounds like it’s labored. Note whether or not it’s hard to accelerate, brake response, and if you can, take it onto the highway for just a bit to make sure it can handle high speeds.

Visit Middletown Honda

We do our best to provide only the best used cars for our customers, and for those seeking extra reassurance, we offer a range of Certified Pre-Owned Honda models that have passed the automaker’s strict inspection policy and include new warranties for added assurance. If you’ve got any questions about buying a used car, contact our team today; we’d love to help.