If you don’t have the budget to buy a new car, you might want to look for a used car that’s still in great condition. However, the problem with buying a used car is that it might come with a bunch of problems that the dealer is trying to hide. To help you find these problems, here are some used car warning signs:
- Mismatched or worn tires
If the car has mismatched or worn tires, you’ll immediately know that it hasn’t been properly maintained. When you spot a car that has one or both of these problems, don’t buy it!
- Engine light always on
The check engine light is there for a reason—so you know when to check the engine! If the light on the used car is perpetually turned on, don’t even bother taking it out for a test drive. After all, it won’t be on if everything is truly in top shape, right?
- Bad modifications
Trust me—you’ll spot a sloppy modification job right away. Sometimes, previous owners get a little too excited about modifying their cars so that they can “reflect their owners’ personalities.” But then, they’re not willing to spend enough to get these modifications right. Remember: There’s a reason why top engineers and professional designers assemble them. If you see a bad modification job on the car, it’s time to move on to the next.
- No records of repair
There are only two reasons as to why a previous owner can’t provide any records of repair: Either 1) the car didn’t need any repairs at all or 2) the owner didn’t bring the car to a legitimate mechanic. Both of these scenarios don’t sound good, do they? Even the best cars need minor repairs, maintenance, or upgrades that the owner should have records of. The second scenario is even worse—if the car did need repairs and the owner has no records of them, then you can’t be sure that everything was fixed properly! Don’t take the chance even if the price is right.
- Accident damage
It’s not at all impossible to get in a car accident, so it shouldn’t be a deal breaker. However, how bad was the accident and what is the condition of the car after the accident? If there are major damages that will cost you a lot of money to repair, why bother buying this particular used car? There are other used cars in the market that haven’t been in an accident and that don’t need repairs. Take a pick out of those instead.
These are just some of the warning signs that will tell you if a used car isn’t worth investing in! That’s why you need to find an experienced and reliable dealer like Sandown Group, especially if you’re planning to buy a luxury car like Mercedes-Benz. They have approved used Mercedes cars that are in still in great condition.
When buying a car, whether new or used, make sure that you’re making a well thought out decision. Do your research and take your time so that you won’t regret your purchase!