What do you look for in a pre-owned vehicle? Investing in a pre-owned car can be a very sensible option, but you must check that the used car you are interested in does not have any hidden damage that may become expensive for you later. To avoid buying a car with unforeseen problems, here are some tips from CARFAX of ways to help check the condition and value before buying a used car.

Check carefully the Car’s Exterior and Interior

Walk around the car and check the condition of the car to make sure there is no damage to the exterior.  Make sure to check the interior of the car carefully, along with any repairs to the exterior of the car. Your car may have been in a small accident, which is usually not a problem, but you want to make sure any damage to the exterior was repaired professionally and that the results are barely visible to the eye. Always open the hood and take a good look at the engine and parts. Here at New Holland Auto Group, all of our pre-owned vehicles are thoroughly inspected.

Go for a Test Drive

It’s always best to take the car on a test drive on both local roads and highways. In different environments, so you can thoroughly see the performance of the car you are interested in purchasing. On local roads, you can feel how the car shifts and responds to sharp turns. You can get a feel for the condition of the brakes. You also want to get a feel for how the car handles on the highway, to make sure that this vehicle is comfortable to drive and fits your needs.

Perform a Leak Test

If a car is leaking fluids, it is generally something to look for leakage under the car. While you’re on a test drive, take a moment to park in a clean area on the road, and let the car run for at least 30 seconds. Then, move the car and check for any liquids that may appear that are out of the ordinary.  Black fluid might be an indicator of leaking oil, green fluid may indicate a leak in anti-freeze and pinkish fluid may indicate a leak in the transmission.

Checklist for home research

Once you feel the car is in good condition, consider these steps to further research the vehicle:

  • Read reviews on the make and model.
  • Review the vehicle history report.
  • Consider looking at similar certified pre-owned vehicles.
  • Take your time with your sales associate to learn more about the vehicle.
  • Simply take time to make sure you like the vehicle you are considering purchasing.

You should ask your sales associate at New Holland Auto Group to take you through the lists above to ensure that you are purchasing the right pre-owned vehicle. Our sales staff is very knowledgable and helpful when it comes to making sure that your certified pre-owned vehicle is in good condition.