Sellers of used cars are always smart to impress customers with the looks and can take some quick fix measures to make the car perform well, even though momentarily. The intention is to make the best first impression that can favorably affect the decision of buyers. As a buyer of used car you should therefore leave nothing to chance and arrange for a thorough inspection so that you can see through its health and gauge about what the future prospects are likely to be.

The inspection report is a valid feedback from the competent mechanics and engineers that provides valuable insights about the present condition of the car and also indicates its future performance. The reliability of inspection reports has added more value to Dallas Car Inspections.

Checklist for inspecting used cars

Although the inspector has a checklist, knowing about it in advance will help you to interact with them comfortably.

  • Body check – Portions of the vehicle can get rusted over time that can reduce its longevity. The frame, the panel and the underbody have to be carefully checked for rust. The body has to be carefully inspected to detect dents and scratches because imperfections can happen when the car is in use. If the exterior paint is not perfect, it indicates about poor body repairing work that has been done that has affected the paint finish.
  • Transmission and brakes – Gears have to be checked for smooth movement. There should not be any stress in shifting gears and if the car has auto gear system, the selection of gears should be prompt and precise. Brakes have to be checked under various conditions to ascertain its proper functioning as it is important for safety. Conducting a complete brake test is essential to gauge its effectiveness.
  • Engine check – Turn the ignition key and let the engine run idle to understand how it is responding. If any knocking sound is heard while the engine warms up, it is an indication that the car was not cared for by its owner. The engine should be allowed to cool properly before undertaking the test as otherwise it can conceal the defect. Engine issues can also be detected by compression test.
  • Oil check – The level of oil and its color reveals the health condition of the engine. If there is an odor of burnt oil or the oil is dark in color, there are chances of problems with the engine.
  • Suspension and tires – The condition of the shock absorbers and springs on which the car frame rests can be gauged by applying pressure at the four corners to see if the car comes back to its original position that indicates its soundness.

In addition to the above the radiator, lights, electronics and HVAC system have all to be checked.  Although there is no guarantee about future performance, the findings of the trained and experienced car inspectors can mostly turn true in the long run.  You get the satisfaction of taking a well informed decision that also gives peace of mind.

About the author–David Scott is a free lance writer and takes special interest in cars.  He is also the owner of a used car company that avails the services of Dallas Car Inspections. Transparent dealings and authentic inspections hold the key to success in his profession. Using his writing skills he makes all efforts to share his knowledge about the industry.