Buying a used vehicle can save you money at the time of purchase and help you avoid depreciation costs. However, used cars can also come with potentially costly problems.
To avoid encountering hidden issues that could lead to increased maintenance and repair expenses in the long run, be aware of the following warning signs while shopping for a used vehicle:
- Excessive wear and tear in the interior
- Damp, musty odors
- Lower suspension in the front of the vehicle
- Extra bounce when the vehicle is pushed
- Worn outer edges from the front end on tires
- Repainted body panels
- Unusual sounds (e.g., knocking and ticking) that get louder as the vehicle’s speed increases
- Black or brown transmission fluid
- Odd noises (e.g., banging, grinding or squeaking) while driving
If you notice any of these characteristics in a used vehicle you are interested in, consider looking to a different seller or dealership for your purchase. For more vehicle-buying tips, contact us today.