and for those of us who are not mechanics, it can be very intimidating. When the time comes to start searching for the right vehicle, you may find yourself asking what to look for when buying a used car. This car buying guide will help you know what to look for and where to start.
The first step is to figure out your price range and then determine the type of used car you can afford.
The second step is to determine what kind of vehicle would fit your needs.
The third step is to find a car that interests you and set up an appointment to go look at the vehicle in person.
The fourth step is to check all of the vehicles fluids. (oil, antifreeze, brake fluid and transmission fluid.) The motor oil should be brown and not black. If the oil is brown then you know that it has been changed recently and therefor is more likely to have been maintained properly. All antifreeze reservoirs should be a mixture of 50% antifreeze and 50% water. Transmission fluid should have a red tint and should never be below the full mark on the dipstick. Brake fluid should also remain full at all times, if the brake fluid reservoir is low then it is most likely that the brake system has a leak somewhere and will most likely need to be serviced.
The fifth step is to drive the car. Be sure that when you are driving the vehicle you listen closely for any strange noises. Also, be sure to cycle through all gears including reverse to ensure that they are all in working order.