As an expert mechanic and successful car parts dealer, William Gholson knows everything there is to know about cars. He often meets with clients who just bought theirs, and sometimes, mere days after the purchase has been completed, there is already something wrong with these vehicles. In the vast majority of these cases, these problems are not coincidental in their nature, but rather a mistake on the buyer’s part. Unfortunately, not every seller will be honest, as some of them will try to hide the true condition of the car. Never assume that a seller is telling you the truth – do your own research.
It is very important that the car is parked on level ground, so that you can easily check its tires. One of the tires or a rim could be faulty, and spotting that on an uneven ground is often much harder. An expert mechanic who does this for a living would likely be able to spot shenanigans like this, but for the untrained eye, they may easily go unnoticed. Regardless of the type of the car, an even ground makes it possible to spot these problems more easily.
The car should have matching tires in a similar condition. Check for signs of feathering. This happens when the tires are not aligned properly. If you see something like that, ask about them. Never be afraid to ask too many questions. It’s important to do so, because if there is an alignment problem, there could be a number of things causing that. The owner of the car likely knows the answer.
Always Check the Paint Job
Checking the paint thoroughly, all over the car, has more to do with functionality than aesthetics. A new paint job can be used to hide rust spots and dents, which could considerably lower the car’s price if discovered. Make sure to thoroughly check the car from all angles and from different distances. You can even take photos, as sometimes it is much easier to spot faulty characteristics on film.
Check the Trunk
The trunk is one of the most important elements of the car. Check for rust, as its presence likely means that water can find its way inside, which is far from ideal.
The Frame Is Extremely Important
As the main supporting structure of a car, the chassis is very important. Its condition can affect a vehicle’s price considerably, making it unusually high or unexpectedly low. The suspension, the panels, and the engine are all attached to the frame, making its quality level a primary concern. Think of it as the foundation of a house.
As an experienced auto salesman and expert mechanic, William Gholson wishes that people were as cautious about their vehicle purchase as they are about buying a house.