Be Safe with a Used Car Safety Checklist

used car safety checklistBuying a car is one of the most important purchases you will ever make, so invest time upfront to make sure that you get the right car for you. Purchasing a used car is a cost effective way of finding the car that suits you. Before you buy a used car you should to do your research. It is important that it fits your needs and you must find out if it has ever been in an accident.  By following a used car safety checklist you can steer yourself away from potential problems and enjoy your car.

Make Sure You Get a Good Car

There are two easy ways of making sure that the car you want to buy meets your requirements.  First, do a history check on it, and second, have a used car safety checklist with you when you are out looking for a used car to buy. History checks can be done through VTNZ and AA Lemoncheck for a nominal fee. If you have any other questions you can contact the NZ Transport Agency. History checks are important so you know if the car has been in an accident, if there are any financial loans still on the car, and to make sure that the odometer hasn’t been tampered with. These are just some of the potential problems you can avoid by doing the research necessary. This way you can ensure that you don’t buy a used car with baggage.

Used Car Safety Checklist

A checklist takes into account the exterior, the interior, and what’s under the bonnet. Not only should you use this checklist before you take the car out for a test drive, but you should also check again when you return. Any engine problems will show either by the car not starting properly, or when you go to turn it off.

Check the Exterior

When working through your checklist, you should start with the exterior, checking for rust, bubbles in the paint and any superficial damages, the shocks, tires, panel and exhaust. This will alert you to potential body damage and whether the car was maintained properly. Rust on structural supports could prove to be a huge cost to unknowing buyers. Paint bubbles, or different shades of colour can be a tip off that a repair has been done on the car. If a car leans to one side, check the tires and shocks. Take into account the subtle differences in improper tire wear or damaged springs.

Check the Interior

Next on your used car safety checklist is the interior. Take note of the dashboard, the seats and safety belts, and look for any signs of leaks. Safety is vital in driving a car, so if the safety belts aren’t working properly, or you find any loose or hanging wires, you should be cautious. Make sure all knobs and dials are working properly with their corresponding lights and indicators.

Check Under the Bonnet

Lastly, on your checklist is looking under the bonnet.  You can tell a lot about a car by inspecting the engine. Any leaks in the radiator, or excessive oil on the engine, or any dripping from the car are a good warning sign.

Buying a used car from a reputable dealer like Northland Autos is a wise decision; often you will get lucky and find a car that is still under warranty, or the dealership will offer an inexpensive extended warranty. If you find any problems with your car, the dealership should be able to take care of it before you drive off the car lot.

No matter where you buy your used car from, strongly consider getting a history check and doing a used car safety checklist so that you have peace of mind, and know that you are getting the best car for your hard-earned dollars.