Having checked the VIN number of the used car before buying it is a very important matter. Proceed to check the technical condition of the car. First of all, you need to contact the service station and diagnose the purchased car. Although the initial technical inspection can be carried out independently many used car dealers change the speedometers to sell a car more expensive. In one year, the simple owner of the car passes an average of 25 thousand km.
The aspect of the Seller
If the seller begins to talk about the fact that since 2005 the car has driven only 70 thousand km, then it is better to immediately abandon the purchase. It should be remembered that the owner faces the first serious car breakdowns already at a mileage of 140-145 thousand km. For this reason, in the absence of experience as an auto mechanic, it is better not to buy a car made more than 7 years ago. But such a mileage can be a 3-year-old car when using it as a haul truck in a company or in a taxi (in such cars the salon will be pretty shabby).
Carefully examine the driver’s seat, steering wheel and rubber pedals. When the seller presents the service book, orders to order, extracts from the history of the official dealer and other documents, you should be careful – any document can be forged. For the used cars Sidcup this is a very important thing.
Check the car body
All sellers of used cars assure buyers that their cars are not bits and are not painted. This is usually a hoax. You can be convinced of this if you look at the surface of the car from different angles (there should be no distortions or “waves” on the surfaces). You also need to pay attention to the doorways (gaps in them should be uniform) and fixing bumpers, scratches on which indicate their removal (you need to know why they were removed). You can open a few times to open-close the door near the driver’s seat, as well as shake it up and down (to detect wedging and distortions).The last step of the technical check is the removal of rubber seals to check for traces of old paint or white dust from putty.
Check the hood
Opening the hood, you need to immediately check the status of the engine. If traces of oil are found, require the seller to replace leaky gaskets or seals. It also does not hurt to check the color using the dipstick. Usually, the oil becomes dark one day after the replacement. The light color of the oil suggests that it is constantly poured. This means that the engine is not in order.