5 Ways to Gauge the Reliability of a Used Car
Some Tips from Our Car Accident Lawyers
Looking to buy a used car? You’re not alone. In fact, some industry experts believe that sales of used cars could be three times bigger than the sale of new cars. And why shouldn’t they be? Used cars are often a better bargain if they are in good condition and have been handled with utmost care. Experienced car accident lawyers can tell you that used cars are no more prone to accidents than new cars. However, reliability can be an issue if you choose the wrong used car.
Here are five ways to gauge the reliability of a used car:
- Go through the vehicle maintenance history
Always look at the car’s maintenance history before buying it. It tells you how the car was used and maintained. Ask the seller to provide vehicle history report from sources such as AutoCheck and CARFAX. The report will show you the car’s registration, inspection and maintenance history. It will also show you whether the car was damaged in an accident, what repairs were done and where they were done.
- Take a good look at the car
Take a good look at both the exterior and the interior of the car. Walk around the car and look at the doors, wheels, hood and trunk. Get inside the car and look at the seats, upholstery, dashboard and everything else. Look for any signs of previous damages, mismatched body parts, rusted parts, loose hinges and poorly done paintwork. You will recognize them easily if they are done cheaply. Open the hood and look inside to see if anything is rusted, worn out, broken and in need of replacement.
- Take the car for a test drive
You must never buy a car, whether new or used, without first taking it for a test drive. Are the front seats comfortable? Are the readouts, gauges and display screens easy to view and operate? Is the pick-up good? Is the steering smooth and easy to handle? Does the car accelerate quickly and smoothly? How are the brakes? The harder you push the pedal brake, the firmer it should feel. You will need to simulate actual driving patterns, including hard braking and accelerating to 65 mph or more, to answer all these questions. But if you want to buy a car that will not let you down, then it is absolutely worth it to conduct these tests.
- Talk to a mechanic who knows about the car
Mechanics often specialize in a particular make and model of car. They can tell you everything you need to know about a car, including its strong points and weak points. If you have a regular mechanic, ask him his opinion about your prospective vehicle. If he doesn’t know much about it, then find another mechanic who does. Ask him everything about the model that are thinking of buying and tell him to give you his honest opinion about it.
- Follow internet forums
Most cars have internet forums dedicated to the owners and fans of that make and model. These forums often attract experts who know everything about the car and are more than happy to share their knowledge with their readers. If there are any issues with the performance and reliability of the car, then they will discuss them in detail. They will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the car and may even offer advice on the right price to pay. Thus, internet forums are one of the best ways to learn more about cars.
Accidents are always a possibility when driving a car, regardless of whether your car is old or new. If you were injured in a crash caused by another person, then you may be eligible for compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Talk to skilled and experienced car accident lawyers to learn more about your personal injury claim.