If you are currently planning to purchase a used vehicle at an auction, lot, or simply through an individual that you know, it is important to remember that you’re unlikely to get a completely honest answer to all of the questions that you may ask. If you want to make the most out of your used car, then you are going to have to check a few things before you buy.
Check the Engine Compression
One of the first things you will need to do when considering the value of a used car is to check the engine compression. All that you have to do is simply rev the engine a couple of times while the vehicle is in neutral, and pay attention to the RPMs. For those who don’t know, the RPMs of a car with good engine compression should go quickly up and quickly back down. However, if a car has issues with getting its RPMS up fast, or they come back down at a relatively slow rate, the engine is losing its compression and you shouldn’t buy it.
Make Sure the Vehicle has Been Inspected
The best way to save yourself some time on ticking through a list of things to check is to ensure that a mechanic has inspected the vehicle before you purchase it. The chances are that there may be one or two problems that you need to consider, but it’s better to know what you are going to have to deal with before you hand over your money, so that you can decide whether the price is worth the effort. Usually, by buying a used car, you can save yourself a great deal of money, but if you end up paying for a hunk of metal that needs so much work to run you practically need to purchase another car, you’re going to be losing out on those savings.