It is always wise and advisable to do a detailed inspection of any used vehicle or auto parts that you opt and plan to purchase, BEFORE executing the transaction and any money exchanges hands.
Advertisements and sales-talk about the car, that might have lured you in or grabbed your attention might be misleading, misrepresentation, even untrue. Some of the toted features and promised quality may not really present, even performance claims, enhancements or exaggerations are quite commonplace and pervasive in this market as well. You will be well-served to diligently be on the look-out for them.
Here are some examples of what to pay attention to in your pre-purchase vehicle or parts inspection:
I. Vehicle Exterior: do a walkabout and note the paint-job and detailing on the car
1 Look for scratch-marks and other dents.
2 If you are unable to detect any and/or suspect a new finish, ask when and why the car was painted.
3 Hiding rust and imperfections are quite common.
4 Check the bumpers and wheel wheels checking for dents, body filling and/or signs of rust or decay.
5 The underside might yield the most of this problem.
6 You might be able to infer from these aspects mentioned above, that if there are problems on the out or underside, they might also just be inside the vehicle as well.
II. Vehicle Angles, as well as the Vehicle Interior: check all angles of the vehicle, top to bottom, tip to tail, rear, front, sides and even underneath the vehicle.
1 Any inconsistencies or signs of major repair could be cause for concern.
2 Try to cover all the details and detailing.
3 Look for outright and lingering sign of damages.
4 Stains, tears or exposure, even sun damage might be noticeable on the upholstery and interior of the vehicle as well.
5 Try and spot all these tell-tale signs prior to your purchase.
III. Vehicle engine: always remember that a clean engine does not necessarily mean that all is good and well.
1 Take a much closer look and notice all details that have to do with the functioning of the vehicle
2 Two obvious places to look would include the exhaust manifold (check for rust here) and the ass well (check for oil leaks or residue here).
3 Checking the dipstick for oil is essential as well. Ensure that you feel no particles in it when rubbing your fingers against it. If present, it may be indicative of some related engine problems and even wear and tear, aging or break down over time.
4 Physically starting the engine, listening carefully to the revs and even taking it for a test drive is advisable as well.
5 Performance of the engine and the handling of the car are your tell-tale signs here.
6 Check all brakes and features thoroughly as well.