It's Like Having A Mechanic At Your Side
  When Looking For a Used Car


Part II - Introduction

The checklist included in the ebook was designed to serve two purposes; to serve as a tool for the average consumer to inspect a used automobile and, when completed, to be used as a tool for negotiating the price of a used automobile. No used automobile is going to be as good as new. There are used automobiles ranging from non-functional to near-perfect. The goal of the checklist included in the ebook is to document every possible flaw with the automobile and then have a mechanic try to find more (and he will). With this information, you will be in a very strong position for the negotiations.

The checklist included in the ebook was prepared to be simple yet complete. It will take you, step by step, through the inspection of a used automobile. Though the checklist included in the ebook is complete, nothing takes the place of a trained mechanic performing full diagnostic tests for engine, mechanical and structural problems. Use the checklist included in the ebook as a guideline to help select the best possible automobile, one the mechanic will recommended purchasing. (See Part III for more information on the mechanic's inspection.)

Remember, it's important to inspect the automobile before you bring it to a mechanic. You'll pay between $50 - $150 every time you bring an automobile into a shop to have it fully inspected. You may have to look at a dozen automobiles before you find one that runs well and is safe. To bring them all in will cost you some serious money. The checklist included in the ebook can help you find problems before you pay a mechanic to find them.

General Tips

  • It's a good idea to wear some old clothes when going out to inspect an automobile. You will have to get down to look underneath.
  • Treat the automobile you're inspecting as if it was your own. Slamming doors and similar abuses will tell you nothing. It will be taken as disrespect by the seller and may make him or her more difficult to deal with.
  • Kicking the tires does nothing but show your lack of knowledge.
  • Make sure the automobile is level and the wheels are turned straight ahead before inspecting it.

If you get to an automobile and you're not sure how to read a particular gauge or dipstick, don't be afraid to ask for the owner's manual to find answers to your questions. There are many different makes and models of automobiles and they all have slightly different ways of doing things. It takes a professional to know them all.

If you are unfamiliar with even the most basic components of an automobile, you should find a book on auto repair (the public library should have several). Or click here and you'll find links to where you'll get information. You should become acquainted with the unfamiliar items you find on the checklist included in the ebook.

Older Automobiles

There is something to keep in mind when inspecting an automobile. The older the automobile, the less particular you should be. This applies particularly to scratches, dents and similar wear. You should include these items when discussing the price of the used car, truck, van or SUV, especially if there is rust (Part III). You should be cautious when there are structural, engine or transmission problems. Problems in any of these areas are expensive to repair and most importantly, could be dangerous.


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