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Red Flags When Buying Used Cars

While buying a used vehicle will save you money and help you avoid depreciation costs, it is important to do your research before you purchase one. To avoid purchasing a car with hidden problems, look out for the following warning signs:

Excessive wear and tear in the interior.

  • Damp, musty odors. These are indications of leaks in the windshield, weather stripping or heater core.
  • Cars that ride lower in the front as compared to the back. This indicates worn springs, which can be an expensive repair.
  • Tires with worn outer edges from the front end. This can indicate that the car is in need of an alignment.
  • Clanking noises when the vehicle is in gear. This can indicate a problem with the drive shaft universal joints.
  • Transmission fluid that is black or brown. This may indicate internal engine damage.

When buying used, the best way to ensure you purchase a reliable car is by referencing a vehicle history report. Carfax and AutoCheck are services that can provide helpful details on a vehicle’s collision history, maintenance history and odometer record. 


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