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2TORIAL
Learn2 Check Out a Used Car (continued)
Step 1: Note your first impression

Ask yourself: what's the initial feeling you get from your first look at the car ? A closer look will reveal if the owner took care of the car. Does the car appear to be well-cared for, perhaps bearing signs of the owner's affection?

  • Examine for rust, an epidemic that can destroy a car's integrity.

     

  • Beware of newly painted cars. That's a possible cover-up for more serious damage to the body.

     

  • Has the car been parked outside or in a heated garage?

     

  • Are there considerable dents, mismatched paint areas, or poorly fitting parts? Wavy-looking panel surfaces or flaking paint can mean a cover-up for an accident.

     

  • Look inside the car for wear and tear on the seats and pedals. This is another indication of the quality of the owner's car care.



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2TORIAL STEPS
Introduction
Step 1: Note your first impression
Step 2: Check the underside and tires
Step 3: Check under the hood
Step 4: Perform gauge and listening tests
Step 5: Check the oil and brake fluid
Step 6: Check the shock absorbers and lights
Step 7: Check for play
Step 8: Take it for a drive

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