Every year millions of people buy used cars. At one point, people took a risk when buying a used car, but now, there are several companies and organizations that evaluate used cars to assign an appropriate price to the car. The objective is to provide consumers with an honest assessment of a used car so that they are well informed before making a purchase.
The history of the vehicle is a factor that is considered when evaluating and pricing a used car. The details of the report provide information such as if the car were a fleet car, a rental car and how many owners it had. It will also inform you if the specific make, model and year of the car has a history of mechanical problems, such as problems with the engine or transmission. The reliability of the used car is also evaluated and if the car has a clean title history and passes a smog and safety inspection. In addition, the amount of mileage the car has will affect the price.
Used cars are also evaluated according to their condition. The following areas are evaluated:
- The exterior of the car is evaluated. Things to look for include rust, poor paint jobs, dents, scratches and leaks that come from under the car. In addition, one who evaluates the car will search for any missing or broken items, such as a damaged or missing windshield wiper. All doors, panels and bumpers must be secure and in the correct position. A used car in excellent condition will have no defect. The condition of the tires is also evaluated, which includes the condition of the tracks and if they are all of the same sizes.
- Suspension is another area that is evaluated. When the car is parked, it must sit in one position. There should be no unusual sound when attention is stopped, like a screeching sound.
- Engine and compartment and transmission are evaluated. There must be no fluid leaks or unusual odors when the engine is hot. In addition, there should be no loose or unusual components when the car is running, such as whistling or bumping. There should not be any missing components, such as caps. The engine is also evaluated according to how well it starts and how it works, and if there is anything unusual, such as the lights that come on, if the engine runs at idle or stops. The transmission is evaluated according to how well it travels and if it is shaken, shredded or accelerated too fast. The mileage of the car is also taken into account when setting the price of the vehicle.
- The exhaust system is evaluated. There should be no rust, loose fittings or black smoke coming out of the muffler. Well, the blue or white that comes out of the exhaust can indicate a problem with the engine. Oxidation and loose and hanging parts are evaluated under the car. Neither should there be dents or scratches.
- The interior of the car, which includes the upholstery, the door locks, the windows (how well they open and close), the seat belts, the airbags, the carpets, the dashboard, the interior lights and accessories, such as stereo, cup holders and ashtrays.