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For most of us, purchasing a new car isn't an everyday experience. For this reason buying a new car is a thrilling event. Even if you are buying a used car, it is still new and exciting to you. However, there are a handful of things to check before making a purchase on a used car. Most important is taking a test drive.

After browsing over thousands of ads in the newspaper or peeking at a handful of cars on the lot, you likely have found at least one that you would be interested in. The next step is to ask for some more information and then take a test drive. The first test drive you should merely be checking the overall fit of the car maxisys elite. One helpful tip is to first turn on the radio to make sure it works, then turn it off for the remainder of the test drive. This common practice makes it easier to hear subtle noises from the car during the drive. Think about how you feel behind the wheel, the overall sound of the vehicle, and general performance. Also, what kinds of features are included on the interior? When you are done test driving make sure to check the VIN of the vehicle before you leave so that you can continue to do your research.

Your next task is to do some research on the car you are interested. Start with some general research into the type of car and its history of problems. Some cars are known to be problematic at certain mileage points or have a list of recalls on different parts. Check into these problems before buying a car that is approaching a mileage range that is known to create flaws. With that information in mind you can move onto more detailed research. There are a number of online resources that have specific car history reports. Almost all of these websites have a fee, but the small fee is well worth it if you delve up some information that saves you thousands in the long run. This is where the VIN number comes in handy. This way you know the exact background to the car sitting on the lot.

If the seller has nothing to hide they will most likely let you take the car to your mechanic for a "check-up." Thus, your next step is taking a second test drive right on down to your trusted mechanic. This time, when you are driving you can take a closer look at the aspects most important to you. Usually for a small fee your mechanic will also take the car around the block and listen for any abnormalities, maybe even a hesitation. They will also look under the hood and do a multi-point inspection of fluid levels Autel MaxiSys Pro, hoses, belts, lights etc. Finally, ask your mechanic to look for previous damage. They can sometimes tell if the car has been in an accident before, or even if the vehicle has been repainted.

After doing your homework on the car and you still don't find any faults that can not be fixed, it is time to go ahead and make the purchase. From all of the research you have done you should have a good knowledge of the car and its worth. With this knowledge you set yourself up nicely to negotiate a fair price. Don't forget to inquire about warranties too! Often the best warranty plans for used cars are available online. Once the papers are signed it is time to sit back and enjoy your new ride!

Jake Newberry sells for NuStar Motors , a used car dealer in Sacramento CA, which specializes in lifted 4x4 trucks and fast cars such as Mustangs, Cameros, and Honda V-techs.
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