As more and more vehicles are built every year many consumers are more willing to buy their vehicles from online marketplaces such as OfferUp, Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. Due to the fact that vehicles tend to be expensive purchases, it’s always a good idea to know what to look for to ensure you are not buying a car that may breakdown soon after purchase. Below are some essential things to look for when buying a used vehicle.

Focus on the Engine

The engine is the most expensive part of a car and also the area you want to pay the most attention to. Start the vehicle then wait to see if the engine is warm or not. Listen to the car for any odd sounds or rough idles, excessive shaking in the motor may indicate bad motor mounts. Next, pop the hood and inspect the engine bay (it helps to have a flashlight). You are looking for any possible leaks around the head of the motor, in any of the coolant lines, or any especially dirty areas caused by leaks.

Check All the Fluids

Check all the car’s fluids starting with the oil cap. Look under the cap to see if there are any white frothy bubbles, if so there is a leak and you should probably walk away from the sale. Check the brake fluid to make sure it’s full and check the lines connecting it to the firewall for any leaks. Next, check the transmission fluid dipstick, if the car has one, then the coolant to make sure it’s a bright color (red, green, or yellow). If it’s rusted and gunky looking that could also indicate a leak and again you should probably walk away from the sale.

Final Thoughts

The reality of buying a used car is that if all these things check out you, could be landing yourself a really great car, however missing one of these steps could wind up costing you thousands in repairs. If you do not feel comfortable doing your own inspection, bring the car in to your locally trusted and highly experienced auto technicians at H.W. Automotive, Inc. in Del City, OK.