If you are considering buying a used car, then you must be equipped with the basic ins and outs of car inspection. This is very important as it can save you from making a bad purchase. Also, it can also help you negotiate the price if you spot any inadequacies in the car.
It is critical to note the sellers are usually trying to extract the best price for their car. As this will keep them from revealing some of the flaws hidden inside the car. This is where your inspection skills and knowledge will come into play.
Get an OBD Scanner
Keep in mind that all modern cars are computerized. Therefore, you can learn a great deal about any car that has a port to plug in an OBD scanner. OBD2 scanners will fit any car from 1996 to the present time. This makes them a powerful inspection tool that you must get before you inspect a used car.
Getting a reading from the OBD2 scanner is easy, all you have to do is look under the dashboard and spot the OBD plug. You then have to plug the scanner inside and start your car. After doing so, you want to check the scanner monitor and see if there are any codes appearing.
If there are no codes then this indicates that the car is free from any systematic problems. The codes are essentially trouble indicators that let you know when something is at fault. Another thing that you need to check is the drive cycle monitor and check whether it has been reset.
Inspection before the Oil Leaks
Another important inspection step is to park the car at a flat surface and then look under the engine to spot any oil leakage problem. You can also jack up the front end of the car to be sure of any other leakages. Looking under the car can reveal a great deal about the car, such as its CV joints, bottom of the engine and transmission, and others. If the bottom of the car is dry, without any leakages, then it is a good sign.
Check for Suspension Condition
While you have the car jacked up, it also gives you an opportunity to pull the outwards and inwards to check if the suspension is solid. If the tire tends to wobble back and forth, then this ultimately means suspension damage.
Inspection of the Seams
If the gap between the seams around the car’s body is not perfectly even and symmetrical, then this means that the car has undergone damage or collision, and the body has been repaired and re-adjusted.
After you make all the necessary inspections when it is parked, it is also wise to drive it around for a couple of minutes before you can settle for any decision.