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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

How to Make the Most of Your Used Car Test Drive

Used car dealerships provide a much needed service that many people would be helpless without. Unfortunately, due to having a negative reputation and poor publicity, used cars are often perceived as being spruced up accidents waiting to happen. Indeed, purchasing an older used car does come with a few risks, but they are very rarely due to tinkering or tampering from the dealership employees. There are a few small problems that can go completely undetected by even the most honest salesman. Eventually these insignificant problems can grow in complication and inevitably become serious issues. If you want to buy a used vehicle, look for some of these telltale sounds that indicate something might be wrong.

Before You Leave the Shop
It is practically common knowledge that purchasing a car before you test it would be a bad idea, but are you aware that there are things you should listen for before you even leave the lot? Smaller cars are a favorite amongst used car drivers in the north east, and many issues can be determined from paying close attention to them. After starting the car, keep it in park and exit to the hood. Pop it open and listen carefully to the engine run for a few seconds. If there is any sort of squealing, clacking, or rumbling – no matter how faint – there is something wrong with the vehicle. These noises usually indicate that a part is either loose or damaged, and that the vehicle is in no fit state to buy run. If all you hear is the typical sound of an engine running, return to the interior and take your test to the road.

During the Test Drive
Since a car uses various different parts while in operation as compared to staying in park, it is also important to keep your ears open while you circle the block a few times. Pay careful attention to turns and breaks, if the car makes any kind of screeching, hissing, or squealing sounds then something isn’t quite right. It is important to understand what a car should sound like when you’re shopping or visiting car dealers in NJ. Making a blind purchase could result in a great deal of wasted money, and a continued lack of reliable transportation. Once you’re confident that your Chrysler isn’t making any strange noises, feel free to hand over that down payment!


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