Buying a used car can be a blessing or a curse depending how the buyer researches and plans for the purchase. To avoid buying a lemon, use all five senses to inspect a used vehicle.
- Look for Leaks, Wear and Tear: Sight is one of the most important tools that you can use to examine a prospective vehicle. Look for oil and antifreeze leaks, and examine tires for baldness and wear.
- Listen for Vehicle Illness: Rapid clicking, squealing, squeaking, and knocking are sounds of vehicle problems. Knocking is the worst sound of all; it indicates the motor is on its last lap. Repairs can be done, but engine work is always expensive.
- Touch Important Components: Feel for hose corrosion and deflation. Also, touch radiator hoses to see if they are hot. Hoses should be hot to the touch and not collapsed.
- Smell Problems: Gas, sweet water, antifreeze, burning rubber, and (of course) smoke are warnings. If taking a test drive, turn the car off immediately and find out what is going on.
- Taste Something Delicious: There’s nothing on your car you should taste, but enjoy some good coffee, tea, or water while a professional mechanic inspects your possible new purchase.
Gerry’s Automotive Ltd is here to help with any motor vehicle problem. More than just a repair shop, we can inspect a vehicle and make sure everything is up to par. We can also repair issues, and explain (before you buy) how much it might cost. Call us at (604) 826-0519 to hear about all our automotive services and our expert car inspection in Abbotsford.