4 Essential Parts To Inspect On Your Next Car


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When you’re in the market for a new car it’s only natural that you should go to see it in person. You shouldn’t really be parting with your hard-earned cash unless you can see exactly what it is that you’re going to be getting in return. And the only way of making sure that you do is by doing to see the whole thing in person.

But it’s a little known fact that many private sellers trying to shift their car will often generally dress it up to make it more attractive. They may have had the whole thing valeted or had it detailed. Meanwhile, there could be some extremely expensive problems waiting to be fixed under the hood. And if you fall for the looks and presentation of the car, parting with your cash, then you will find that he has successfully passed these problems on to you.

No one wants that. It’s not a fair way to do business, and it certainly isn’t the best way to start off as a new car owner. So to make sure that you don’t get taken for a ride, here are a few parts of the car that you should be inspecting. These parts are harder to cover up, and they will give you a better idea of the general condition of the car than its presentation.

Battery

You should be having a quick look under the hood anyway, so checking the battery shouldn’t be that much more of a fuss. Have a bit of a poke around, looking through the connections and the general condition? Does it look as though it has been replaced recently, or has it been neglected? Car batteries in the UK are easily to replace, but its condition will generally indicate to you the level of maintenance it has undergone.

Tires

This is a similar story. If the tires have been run down and ignored, then you can bet that the last owner was not big on maintenance. If the tires are brand new, with plenty of tread left on them then it seems more likely that you’re inheriting a well looked after car.

Upholstery

This one may seem a bit strange, but hear me out. When you get into someone’s car, if they care a lot about it they will make sure that no one’s muddy or bringing in any food or drink with them. The kind of person with spotless upholstery has been proud of their car, and has probably done some tinkering to keep it maintained. The sort of person with huge stains all over the seats probably doesn’t care about their car in quite the same way.

Clutch

If you manage to get behind the wheel for a test drive then you should be trying to get a feel for the clutch. If someone has driven without any sense of respect towards the car then it is likely that the clutch will be worn down or generally less responsive than you would expect.

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